Back in school, most of us were ingrained with the brush/floss way of thinking. Because there was little information on other products, we drank the Kool-Aid and naively expected our patients would as well.
RIght. All patients floss. Every day. Uh huh. And yet, we continue to hang on to the recommendation as if that piece a string was a life rope.
The reality is that only about 30% of patients use floss and of those that do, many cannot do it effectively enough to achieve a health benefit.
I haven’t used string floss in over 3 years. My gingiva is healthy, and I have no decay. I use a Water Flosser.
Let go of the ‘f’ word. There are many products, including but not limited to the Water Flosser that are easier for your patients to use. And guess what, in some cases, like with the Water Flosser, they can be more effective in improving oral health.