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Why do dentists tell you to floss every day if it’s not scientifically proven? Ask a dentist

Q: I read an article a while ago saying there’s no proof that flossing is good for your teeth, but all my life my dentist has told me to floss. Why do dentists tell you to floss every day if it’s not scientifically proven? Ask a dentist. A: You’re right; scientists have mixed views on the importance of flossing. Here is another perspective: numerous dental studies have linked gum disease to illnesses such as kidney disease, diabetes, and heart disease.Floss removes food trapped between the teeth as well as the film of bacteria that forms plaque. This reduces the incidence of inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. From our many years of experience in the dental field, we can confidently state that we have seen the benefits of proper oral hygiene, including flossing.Book your next appointment with us today to learn more about gum diseases and how we can help you to prevent them. Visit our St. Vital or Garden City locations today.