I just received a link today espousing the idea that flossing doesn’t do any good.
There are very few fields of study that are as well studied as periodontal disease, biofilm development, calculus removal, inflammation, and bleeding. So, let’s debunk the poor journalistic effort that was made in the above article and I will bust out a few bullet points to make it clear.
- C-reactive Protein (CRP) levels can be reduced by flossing your teeth. When you reduce inflammation in your gums, you reduce your risk of bone loss and periodontal disease. But, oh yeah, by the way, (cough cough), your CRP levels are not just reduced in your gums but throughout your WHOLE BODY. So, people with arthritis, lung disease, vascular disease and any other disease that is marked by inflammation can improve their well being by flossing.
- Reduce elderly people in nursing homes from getting pneumonia.
- The prevalence and incidence of coronary heart disease is significantly increased in periodontitis: A meta-analysis
I guess people can believe what they want, but, it is my job to at least force you to face reality, as it relates to flossing.
Ahhhhh yes…plus, it is just grosssss to have food stuck between your teeth. It makes others uncomfortable, makes you feel like a fool when you get home and look in the mirror, and it surely contributes to bad breath. Who would want to kiss me if I never flossed? Ick
Good info on flossing.