Monday, March 6, 2017

Cake Floss - NFC Editorial Comment

Thanks to Laura F in Vt for sending info about "Cake Floss."
This calls for the rare National Flossing Council Editorial Comment:
Cake Floss - No.



Thursday, January 19, 2017

Did Flossing Make My Teeth Sensitive to Hot & Cold?

Dr. Chip Tartaroff got this question from Bernice, who lives in Canada:

Hi - Could you please help me? Prior to 3 months ago, I was an occasional flosser. For the last 3 months, I've been flossing every night and want to continue the habit. Eventually, it has become easier to get the floss between my teeth & gums, which I attributed to my consistent flossing, however, my teeth have become sensitive to cold & hot temperatures. I now believe that my gums have receded some, thereby exposing some of the roots, which is causing this sensitivity. My gums don't bleed, aren't sensitive or discoloured. I've been using Sensodyne for about a month now, which has reduced the sensitivity by about 50%, but it's becoming frustrating. Is it possible that I'm flossing too deep? Can you give me any helpful advice? Thank you so much for your help and consideration. I appreciate it! - Bernice.

Sharing the question with Dr. Jay W. Friedman, clinical dentist, educator, and friend of the NFC, Dr. Friedman wrote this detailed and helpful reply.


Dr. T. forwarded your query and suggested I might reply.

First, if you think your new flossing regimen has caused the sensitivity of your teeth, you should go back to your previous behavior and see if the sensitivity reduces. If so, then have the cause and the solution.

Second, it would be unusual and unlikely that flossing, unless really excessive and forceful, was the cause of the sensitivity. It might be coincidental. But if you are "sawing" rapidly and vigorously with the floss between the teeth, it could cause some sensitivity.

Third, if your gums receded due to the flossing, it would be indicative of their being swollen and inflamed, in which case they would likely have bled easily. You say they don't bleed, aren't sensitive and discolored, suggesting that they were not previously inflamed and that you have just noticed some recession that was there before but unnoticed.

Fourth, when was the last time you had a dental examination and a prophylaxis? If not within a year, you should consider it - and demonstrate your flossing technique to the dentist and/dental hygienist to see if it's excessive.

Fifth, avoid hot and cold temperatures that cause you irritation.

Sixth, moderation in all things is the 6th most sensible thing to do. I don't recall what the other five are.

Good luck and best wishes,

Jay W. Friedman, DDS, MPH

There is little that can be said to improve on Jay Friedman's reply.
We hope you find this helpful, Bernice, and please let us know how things work out for you!
Floss on!
Dr. T

Friday, November 25, 2016

New York Times Explains NFD "I Don't Care" Theme.

As a great boost to the celebration of National Flossing Day, Jamie Holmes, a New York Times reporter, posted the article below that spells out the basis for the "I Don't Care" theme for 2016.

Happy Flossing!

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/25/opinion/sunday/flossing-and-the-art-of-scientific-investigation.html

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Flossing Day - Nov 25, 2016

For this year's National Flossing Day, Nov 25, 2016 (always the day after Thanksgiving), we've produced a video showing why "We Don't Care" whether there's scientific research that proves floss is a great tooth cleaning tool.
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You can find out more by visiting www.flossing.org.  We'll post more here as the big day approaches.
Happy Flossing!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Removing Plaque

There's a new toothpaste, Plaque HD, that stains your plaque & makes it more likely you'll brush till it's gone.
You know what removes the plaque a brush can't reach? - Our friend, Dental Floss!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

How to Dispose of Dental Floss?

Trash it, Don't Splash (flush) It!

https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/garbage_waste/recycling.aspx/zoo#!rc-cpage=127520

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Cam Newton Flossing!

Now millions of mothers will be heard saying to their sons (and daughters), "Maybe if you flossed more, you might be the MVP!"

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000697386/article/cam-newton-busts-out-the-sideline-floss-in-opener

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