“No more flossing!” stated a recent news story. The news anchor team joked about how they hated flossing and made reference to a poll showing that Americans would rather scrub a toilet than floss their teeth. Even my daughter expressed her delight by saying that the flossing regimen I have them follow was no longer necessary. At which point, I turned into my father and replied, “As long as you live under my roof, you will floss by my rules!”
In all seriousness, flossing is just one part of your dental health care. We were discussing this with many of our patients the days after the story aired and the consensus was that they saw through the flaws in the story and were going to continue to floss. They see the value in taking care of their mouth and we see the difference between flossers and non-flossers daily.
I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but I wouldn’t recommend you do something if it wouldn’t have a significant impact on your long-term health. So, please don’t be upset when I bring up flossing at your next appointment – if I didn’t care about you, I wouldn’t bring it up.
Yours In Dental Health,
Jason Schermer, DDS