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A while back a few sensationalist internet news articles began circulating, claiming that flossing was ineffective and basically useless.

The study these articles cited analyzed many studies done over the years about the effectiveness of flossing. After looking at all of them, this meta-study determined that flossing as a daily habit was largely ineffective. They were very 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. Scott Elrod, please contact Distinctive Dental Services in Lake Jackson, Texas today!