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By Bohle Family Dentistry
December 20, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   flossing  

A couple of years ago the Associated Press published an article claiming the health benefits of flossing remained unproven. The article cited a number of studies that seemed to conclude the evidence for the effectiveness of flossing in helping to prevent dental disease as “weak.”

As you can imagine, dental providers were a bit chagrined while flossers everywhere threw away their dental floss and happily declared their independence from their least favorite hygiene task. It would have seemed the Age of Flossing had gone the way of the dinosaurs.

But, the demise of flossing may have been greatly exaggerated. A new study from the University of North Carolina seems to contradict the findings cited in the AP article. This more recent study looked at dental patients in two groups—those who flossed and those who didn’t—during two periods of five and ten years respectively. The new study found conclusively that the flosser group on average had a lower risk of tooth loss than the non-flossers.

While this is an important finding, it may not completely put the issue to rest. But assuming it does, let’s get to the real issue with flossing: a lot of people don’t like it, for various reasons. It can be time-consuming; it can be messy; and, depending on a person’s physical dexterity, difficult to perform.

On the latter, there are some things you can do to make it a less difficult task. You can use a floss threader, a device that makes it easier to thread the floss through the teeth. You can also switch to an oral irrigator or “water flosser,” a pump device that sprays a fine, pressurized stream of water to break up plaque between teeth and flush most of it away. We can also give you tips and training for flossing with just your fingers and thread.

But whatever you do, don’t give up the habit. It may not be your most favorite hygiene task but most dentists agree it can help keep your teeth healthy for the long-term.

If you would like more information on the benefits of flossing, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
December 08, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   flossing   smile   brushing  

See How To Floss In 5 Easy Steps

Floss In 5 Easy Steps!Delta Dental provides a simple graphic to help remind you how to floss.  I now think of flossing like wearing a seat belf in the car.  If I don't floss everyday then things just don't feel right.

Think of how beneficial flossing can be.  If you finish dinner at 7:00 PM and go and floss your teeth, how long will it be before you eat anything for breakfast.  Your gums have that entire time to be healthy and heal if needed.  If you leave debris between your teeth it sits and irritates your gums.  It is not a good situation at all.

So do yourself the big favor you know you need to do.  Floss daily for a better and healthier mouth.  You are on your way to a better and healthier smile!

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By Dr. Charles Bohle
August 05, 2014
Category: Oral Health

Here are 8 reasons people don't floss.  Does it sound familiar?  Are you doing yourself dental damage by not flossing?  Read on!


  1. Why Floss?  Food doen't get caught between my teeth.
  2. No-one ever taught me how to floss.
  3. Flossing takes coordination.
  4. I'm in too much of a hurry to floss.
  5. It is painful to floss.
  6. My teeth are too tight.
  7. The floss just breaks.
  8. My custom dental work makes flossing too hard.

Excuses, excuses, excuses.  You can overcome any of these problems if you want good oral health.  This is what I tell people who don't want to floss:  "You don't have to floss all your teeth.  Just floss the ones you want to keep."  It is that simple to good oral health.  Learn How To Floss

View this video.