Flossing teeth can increase risk of gum disease: study

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Oct 16, 2015, 7:45 pm IST
Updated Mar 27, 2019, 11:22 am IST
About 17 per cent of all adults aren’t able to floss their teeth properly
Representational Image. (Picture Courtesy: Pixabay)
 Representational Image. (Picture Courtesy: Pixabay)

It seems like everything we claim to know about tooth flossing needs a rethink. The time-consuming and sometimes painful process can actually do more than good.

Robin Seymour, Emeritus Professor of Dental Sciences at Newcastle University and leading periodontologist explains that flossing requires a high level of dexterity for removing the plaque from the teeth, which most people just don’t have, reports the Daily Mail. In fact, people might simply push the plaque even further underneath the gums.

 

About 17 percent of all adults aren’t able to floss their teeth properly. Other more effective ways to maintain dental hygiene is to use an interspace or interdental brush to clean the spaces between the teeth and then use an alcohol-free mouthwash. 

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