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Statement from the AAP (American Academy of Periodontology) on Flossing Efficacy

CHICAGO, Illinois – The American Academy of Periodontology recommends daily flossing as one part of a regular oral hygiene routine, which also includes brushing your teeth twice a day and ensuring you receive a comprehensive periodontal evaluation every year. The accumulation of plaque bacteria beneath the gum line may cause an inflammatory response which ultimately leads to gingivitis, a mild form of periodontal disease. If left untreated, periodontal disease can worsen, leading to tooth loss and increased risk for other systemic disease such as diabetes and heart disease. Flossing allows for the removal of plaque bacteria and debris from areas in the mouth that brushing alone cannot reach.

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Statement from the American Dental Association about Dental Floss and Interdental Cleaners

CHICAGO, Illinois – Recent news reports question whether existing scientific research support oral health benefits associated with flossing.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), interdental cleaners such as floss are an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums. Cleaning between teeth removes plaque that can lead to cavities or gum disease from the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach. Interdental cleaning is proven to help remove debris between teeth that can contribute to plaque buildup.

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Waterpik Agrees With AP Report That There Is Little Proof That String Flossing Is Effective

Water Flossing is the Clinically Proven More Effective Way to Floss


FT COLLINS, Colorado – Waterpik, a leader in innovative personal oral health care products for over 50 years, wants Americans to understand that the AP's announcement earlier today that there is very little scientific evidence that flossing daily prevents gum disease and cavities, only applies to string flossing, not water flossing.

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Xylitol Is Effective, Flossing Is Not

SALT LAKE CITY – Xlear, the manufacturer and distributor of the Spry line of xylitol-based oral care products in North America wants to let people know that xylitol based chewing gum and mints used five times a day are an effective alternative to flossing, which was recently removed by the US Government from its dietary guidelines as a method for oral hygiene.

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Dental Leaders Advocate for Top Oral Health Executive

CHICAGO, Illinois – The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), the American Association for Dental Research (AADR), the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD), and the Special Care Dentistry Association (SCDA) this week urged our nation’s legislators to restore the position of chief dental officer with executive-level authority and resources to oversee the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) dental programs and oral health initiatives. Leaders from these four organizations convened on Capitol Hill to advocate that good oral health is an essential public health need, and the agency’s current staffing structure fails to adequately support individuals across the country.

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Five Health Organizations Double Down on Mouth Guards

ROSEMONT, Illinois – April is National Facial Protection Month and this year five of the nation's top dental associations are reminding athletes and recreational sports players to wear mouth guards to protect their teeth. Mouth guards are an essential piece of athletic gear and can help prevent serious, painful facial injuries that affect the mouth The dental experts at the Academy for Sports Dentistry (ASD), American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), and the American Dental Association (ADA) urge parents, caregivers, athletes and coaches to be proactive about staying safe by using a mouth guard.

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AAPD and Sunstar Provide Oral Health Care Tips on Modern Living with kathy ireland

CHICAGO, Illinois – During the segment, Kathy Ireland interviewed Marketing Manager Jess Magno and President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Robert L. Delarosa. In addition, AAPD spokesperson Dr. Mira Albert of Hinsdale, Ill., also participated in this segment by shooting video footage in her office.

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AAPD Webinar – Making the Most of Your Facebook Community to Grow Your Practice

CHICAGO, Illinois – With 75% of parents logging into Facebook daily, the well-established social platform is an ideal – and affordable – channel to build awareness of and promote your practice. Join global public relations firm Weber Shandwick on April 21 for a 60-minute webinar to better understand why the social platform should be considered a cornerstone for your practice’s online presence, and how to best use the page to engage with families you care for on a daily basis.

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American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) Included in CNN.com Story

CHICAGO, Illinois – Dr. Paul Casamassimo, director of AAPD’s Pediatric Oral Health Research & Policy Center, was interviewed by Nadia Kounang for an article based on analysis in Pediatrics regarding teething.

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AAPD and ADA Urge Improved CMS Oversight of Medicaid Dental Programs

CHICAGO, Illinois – In early January 2016, the AAPD and ADA sent two comment letters to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning the CMS regulation on Medicaid Programs: Methods for Assuring Access to Covered Medicaid Services issued on Nov. 2, 2015 (CMS-2328-FC).

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