In response to recent news reports that question the efficacy of flossing, Dentistry of the Carolinas continues to recommend daily flossing and has issued the following statement:
Dentistry of the Carolinas recommends maintaining good oral health with daily flossing, as well as brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and visiting the dentist regularly. Flossing is an essential part of your dental care by helping clean between teeth to remove plaque from areas where a toothbrush can’t reach.
According to Clark Hammock, DMD, P.A., executive vice president/C.B.O. of Dentistry of the Carolinas, “The basis of the news reports highlights the lack of scientific evidence supporting the need for flossing because of insufficient studies linking a benefit to flossing. There are no great scientifically derived, controlled studies of flossing because the mechanics of flossing is so variable. Most studies in medicine are controlled in a lab setting, or you give one group of patients a pill and the other a placebo, which are easily measurable. As for flossing, it’s very difficult to derive a controlled experiment because we all floss differently. The benefits of an effective flossing technique still by far outweigh the risks of not flossing at all.”
About Dentistry of the Carolinas
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Dentistry of the Carolinas is a family-owned and -operated company that specializes in General Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Prosthodontics, and Sports Dentistry. What began as a single, general dentistry practice in 1992 has grown into 13 general and multi-specialty offices in and around Charlotte that provide excellent, accessible, and affordable care to patients. Visit http://dentistryofthecarolinas.com.