Does Flossing Work? (Plus 5 Other Commonly Asked Dentistry Questions)
BY Dr. McDowell  |  August 6th, 2019
Dr. McDowell
Dr. McDowell has always been focused on using the latest technology to improve the patient experience. From radiation-free imaging to laser dentistry, he has always been ahead of the curve and is dedicated to improving the practice of dentistry one ..

You’ve probably heard conflicting information about whether or not flossing does in fact work.

On one side, your dentist always recommends it.

On the other side, click-bait articles try and convince you otherwise.

Today, we’re going to set the record straight by answering the now controversial question of, “Does flossing actually work?”

After that, we’ll break down a few more commonly asked questions in hopes of giving you some clarity.

Let’s get started!

Does Flossing Work?

A young girl holding a dental floss on white background

Yes, but maybe not as good as we used to think.

Next question.

Okay, so it’s actually a bit more complicated than that.

The truth is, flossing does help clean your teeth and get rid of particles of food and plague in the harder to reach places.

This Wired article, which was written in rebuttal of an NPR article a few years ago that said flossing does nothing, sums up the debate well.

While recently it has been made public that there isn’t a lot (if any) substantial evidence to prove that flossing prevents decay and disease, there isn’t any evidence that proves that it doesn’t. While that may not be the best argument, it may be as good as it gets.

As the Wired article points out, a thorough study to figure out just how effective flossing is would be extremely costly — estimated to be near $10 million. The National Institutes of Health, which would be the likely funder of the study, just doesn’t have that money to give.

“And so dentists keep recommending flossing. After all, it’s a low-risk, low-cost addition to a dental hygiene regimen,” concludes the article.

So folks, sorry to say it, but you should keep flossing regardless of what you read on the internet.

Now, moving on to some other common dentistry questions.

What is the Best Toothpaste?

This is a fair question, as dental health is extremely important and you want to make sure you’re giving your teeth the best care possible.

But it’s a nearly impossible question to answer because what may work for someone, might not work for another.

If you have sensitive teeth, then you may want to try a toothpaste that is made for sensitive teeth.

But those options might not be the right choice for someone who wants a toothpaste that will help them whiten their teeth.

So it really depends on your teeth and gum needs to determine what is the best toothpaste for you.

But, if you’re just looking for the most effective paste out there, here is a good place to start: The Best Toothpaste on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers. 

Is Laser Dentistry a Good Alternative to Traditional Methods?

Absolutely! You may think that we are biased here at Wayzata Dental because we offer this type of service, but there is a reason we chose this method to treat our patients. Because it works!

The laser can quickly and effectively correct existing issues in your tooth, but there are other benefits as well. An added benefit is that it changes the structure of the tooth, making it is more resistant to future issues.

Contact us today to set up an appointment — Trust us, once you go laser dentistry, you never go back!

How Effective is Mouthwash?

Person Pouring Liquid In Container

Unlike flossing, the effectiveness of mouthwash and rinse are much more conclusive.

Studies in the past have shown that people using mouthwash can reduce plaque in their mouth by 26% and gingivitis by 20% with germ-killing mouthwash.

Plus, if we’re being honest, you just can’t beat that minty-fresh feeling after swishing the rinse around for 30 seconds.

Feel great and keep your mouth healthy with mouthwash by using it daily!

What Are Dental Sealants?

A sealant is a specially made coating that will be applied to your teeth by being brushed onto the teeth as it quickly bonds in the depressions.

This will shield your enamel from any harmful bacteria or plaque building up.

While anyone can certainly benefit from sealants, we recommend that kids who are currently growing in their permanent molars get them. Kids’ oral hygiene is always hard to keep up with; taking preventative measures against cavities is a strategic way to enhance your child’s oral health.

The sooner dental sealants are applied, the more effective they will be.

When Should I Consider Getting a Dental Crown?

There are many different reasons for getting a dental crown, including:

For more information on why you should get a dental crown, visit this page here.

Dr. McDowell
Dr. McDowell has always been focused on using the latest technology to improve the patient experience. From radiation-free imaging to laser dentistry, he has always been ahead of the curve and is dedicated to improving the practice of dentistry one ..

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