New research has confirmed that flossing can decrease the occurrence of gum disease-causing bacteria.
The study, published in the Journal of Periodontology, looked at 51 sets of twins between the ages of 12 and 21, assigning each a two-week oral health regime, with only one including flossing.
Researchers found that the twins who did not floss had significantly higher levels of the bacteria that cause periodontal disease.
"This study demonstrates that flossing can have an important and favorable impact on an individual, as compared to that of a non-flossing individual with similar genetics and possibly similar habits," Dr Kenneth Kornman, editor of the journal, commented.
Dr Susan Karabin, president of the American Association of Periodontology, revealed that she always advises her patients to floss regularly with an inter-dental cleaner to reach the bacteria that toothbrushes cannot get to.
A new reusable floss was recently brought out - the BrytonPick is a stringless inter-dental cleaner with round cleaning edges designed to quickly and easily remove food or plaque.
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