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Keep Calm and Floss On

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On August 2nd, this New York Times article was published and caused quite a bit of controversy in both the dental community and with the general public. While it is not conclusive in its findings, the overarching claim is that flossing may not be as beneficial as once thought. As dental professionals, we take very seriously the responsibility we have ensuring our patients receive the best possible education and care regarding the health of their smiles. For this reason, we feel compelled to express our disagreement with the suggestion that flossing may be overrated, and why that’s a harmful position to propagate.

Let’s first look at the article, which uses a lot of language such as:

  • “…flossing may be
  • “…most of the current evidence fell short…”
  • “That flossing has the same benefit is a hunch that has never been proved.”
  • “…there is some mediocre evidence that flossing does reduce bloody gums and inflammation known asgingivitis.”

There is a stark difference between something ‘not having been proved’ and something being ‘disproved’. Please know that there is no evidence remotely close to suggesting the latter. In fact whether the evidence is “mediocre” or not, the only evidence the article does mention (quoted above) is in favor of flossing. A lack of ability to prove something is not cause to discourage an entire population from participating in a highly beneficial component of their health care. This is particularly true because evidence is acquired by conducting large-scale studies, which are extremely costly. It would hardly be economical to spend the research funding to prove something we already have no doubt offers a variety of benefit for your oral and overall health.

We do not agree with the article’s brash call to action, or more accurately, call to inaction, and we fear how this may increase the number of people inflicted with preventable damage to their smile. Looking again at the line “…there is some mediocre evidence that flossing does reduce bloody gums and inflammation known as gingivitis.” Gingivitis is the first stage in periodontal disease – the very condition flossing aims to combat. To reduce gingivitis is to reduce your chances of progressing into advanced gum disease, a condition more than half of Americans already suffer from (CDC).

It is unfortunate the scale of damage this article has the potential to incite; too many readers will take this “lack of evidence” as being evidence to the contrary, and feel it gives them permission to neglect a very essential part of their oral health care.

We can only do our best to keep our patients like you educated and on the path to a lifelong happy and healthy smile – a path that certainly includes consistent flossing.

CDC: “Periodontal Disease.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 Mar. 2015. Web.

Dr. Janelle Stumpf
Stumpf Dental
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Phone: (262) 955-8970

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How Much Will Braces Help My Overjet?

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Without seeing your bite an accurate diagnosis is impossible. I can tell you that at age 39, your growth is complete and any orthodontic correction is limited. A severe overjet needs surgery to correct in an adult. I suggest you talk to a orthodontist and get all your options.

Stumpf Dental
(262) 970-0111 | www.bestcareinthechair.com
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072

I Have Sleep Apnea What is the Safest Dosage of Trazodone for Insomnia?

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I am concerned when sleep apnea and sleeping meds are used in the same sentence. You don’t mention if your apnea is being treated. Do you routinely use a cpap? Why the insomnia? Things to consider include caffeine intake, regular exercise, bedroom darkness, temperature. Consult with the sleep specialist who diagnosed your apnea for advice with the insomnia. They know the severity of your apnea.

Stumpf Dental
(262) 970-0111 | www.bestcareinthechair.com
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072

What Causes Gum Pain in Someone with False Teeth?

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If root tips were left in the bone when the dentures were made, they could cause some pain. It could also be a sore spot from the denture rubbing. How old are the dentures? If they are more than 5 yrs. old, you need new teeth. That is the life of a denture. Your mouth is always changing and the teeth wear down. They do not last a lifetime. Your original teeth were supposed to do that.

Stumpf Dental
(262) 970-0111 | www.bestcareinthechair.com
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072

How Long After a Tooth Extraction Do Your Teeth Start to Shift?

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Your teeth begin to shift as soon as there is a change in the bite. You may not see it right away, but the process begins immediately. Regular oral exams and after care are necessary.

Stumpf Dental
(262) 970-0111 | www.bestcareinthechair.com
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072

How Do You Get Rid of Bad Breath From Having Dry Mouth?

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Pewaukee dentists can help you with dry mouth! Dryness causes food and plaque to stick to your teeth and tongue. It stinks! Brush with an electric tooth brush. I like Sonicare. It does a good job. FLOSS too. Brushing and flossing combined will help.

Don’t Forget Your Tongue!

Now, get a tongue scraper and scrape the goo off. Keep on top of it daily. If u use a mouthwash, be sure it is alcohol free. Alcohol dehydrates and makes things worse. Listerine Zero is one brand.  Why are you so dry? Ask your MD for answers.

Stumpf Dental
(262) 970-0111 | www.bestcareinthechair.com
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072