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There has been a good amount of controversy in the past few years in regards to one of the most well-established dental care habits. Indeed, the sensationalistic reporting of internet clickbait has decided to attack even the tooth-saving habit of flossing.

A few years back a study was done to determine the benefits of brushing alone versus the benefits of brushing and flossing together. It analyzed many past studies to come to its conclusions. They concluded that there was little benefit to be had from flossing. They were wrong.

Flossing is only ineffective if it is done wrong. One of the studies found that people who had their teeth flossed regularly by a hygienist benefitted greatly, while those who did their own did not. This means that the only difference between effective and ineffective flossing is your technique.

We won’t repeat what you’ve been told before about how to floss. There’s just one part that most people miss. The C-shape. If you don’t wrap the floss around your teeth in a C-shape, then the floss only contacts a very small portion of your teeth. That is what makes it ineffective. By wrapping the floss around the tooth, much more surface is cleaned. This is what makes all the difference.

To learn more about proper oral hygiene or to make an appointment with Dr. Kyle M. Triggs, please contact Alaska Dental Associates in Anchorage, Alaska today!