Recent publication by associated press spreading about not to need to use dental floss. The news crashed the social media and broadcasted over almost any TV network news.
The reality is that when it comes to cleaning between teeth, one of the most effective way is to floss. Plaque, food particles and bacteria accumulating all over teeth surfaces. That is why following dental hygiene protocols is very important, unless you are excited about your next gum surgery or tooth filling !.
Tooth brush instead of dental floss
Tooth brushes, manual or electrical, can and will clean all exposed surfaces of teeth effectively. However when it comes to the tight space between teeth, there is almost no tooth brush that can do the job perfectly. Dental floss is a proven cheap and available option to get between those teeth. The news is that to get rid of all the bad stuff you still need dental floss. The other alternative to dental floss is Waterpik. This machine works like a pressure washer. The water reaches between teeth by pressure and cleans the area. Of course, it costs more to acquire one from your local drug store.
Additionally, it is important to consider any thing related to the health based on real researches. One article published through a non scientific media can not and should not change or affect the oral hygiene protocol that has been in place for years. Unfortunately, most people get affected by media and social media which in most cases does not have enough research backing. One should follow his or her dentist recommendation for oral health rather than a news paper.
The bottom line is to keep flossing between all teeth at least once or twice a day to make sure you will not get the bad news of having cavities in your next dentist visit.