• Dan Dredger wrote a new post, String of Lies 4 years ago

    By Annie Behr

    My French roommate Julie had just come into the bathroom to get something.

    “What are you doing with that string in your mouth,” she said, with a look of horrified sur […]

    • From an European point of view, I think Americans in general seem amusingly (and worryingly) to be hyper-hygienist and hyper-over-medicating, always hyper-worried about “killing the all germs”…

      BTW, what’s the point of this thread?

      Perhaps there could be a link between tendency to be religious and hyper-hygienism?

    • Roedy replied 4 years ago

      The finding was flossing on top of twice a day brushing made little difference.
      That does not mean flossing + once a day or less brushing helps.
      I don’t think anyone is claiming flossing is harmful as the twit who wrote this article did.

    • “No researcher with a clear mind wakes up in the morning and says to himself: ‘you know what, let’s evaluate floss.’ ”

      Then a researcher with a cloudy mind should have put floss to the test a long time ago. How else would we know?

    • Dan replied 4 years ago

      Julie’s beautiful set of white teeth is genetic. The French are notorious for… I won’t go there, but Miss Julie’s breath probably stinks. You have to get food particles. Flossing does that. This is the stupidest thing I ever heard. If I don’t floss little pieces of food and bacteria get caught up there, especially in the back teeth. When I floss regularly my dentist has a very easy time removing plaque. When I take six months off my gums bleed, and my dentist has to really labor to get the plaque. Plus, I have nice pink gums because I have been flossing regularly.

      These studies! One after the other. Jesus!

    • “You don’t have to floss ALL your teeth… just the ones you want to KEEP!” – old proverb

      Agrajag, DDS

    • Also, FWIW, flossing is not mainly for removing food bits from between the teeth, though that is certainly one of its uses. It is primarily to remove placque, a bacterial biofilm that forms on all tooth surfaces that are not subjected to abrasion. That is why, somewhat counter-intuitively, even the backs of the last teeth in the arch must be flossed, as well as teeth next to edentulous spaces.

      Placque absorbs minerals from saliva and becomes “calculus” (lay term: “tartar”). This process takes about 24 hours, which means that flossing for placque control is only necessary once a day.

      I’m interested to see the “official” fall-out from this discussion. As an endodontist, I’m not up on the placque control literature. However, I have seen many patients who didn’t floss, or didn’t floss effectively, and these mean job security for dentists!


    • Is this another research project that hasn’t been checked independantly? Not that I’m saying it’s wrong, but there seem to be a lot of media driven scientific claims based off of one limited paper.