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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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Remington College School of Dental Hygiene Offers 50% off January Teeth Cleanings

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Remington College-Nashville Campus is offering people a way to get 2011 off to a healthy start.

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National Survey Finds Oral Health is a Priority in Perception, not Practice

STAMFORD, Connecticut – Americans place a high value on the importance of oral health, yet there is room for improvement when it comes to practicing proper oral hygiene at home, according to a nationwide survey of 1,008 adults released today by Philips Sonicare, the #1 recommended power toothbrush by U.S. dental professionals. The findings suggest that consumers have good intentions toward taking care of their oral health, but need more education and motivation to follow through with standards of care.

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Xlear Awards Winners of the Spry Dental Defense Xylitol Project With Trip to Cancun

Xlear, Inc., the leading manufacturer of xylitol products, today announced the winners of the Spry Dental Defense Project, which was created to motivate patients to use xylitol products and evaluate bacterial plaque biofilm levels in patients following the use of several xylitol products for 30 days. The winners of the contest were Cindy Schoeninger, Sandra Dlugosz, Carla Gantz, Donna Grzegorek and Helen Fortner. Each will have the opportunity to present her findings at the by-invitation only Xlear Xylitol Conference in Cancun, Mexico in February 2011. Winners, which were selected from a group of dental hygienists who submitted reports of their experience participating in the project, received free conference registration, hotel, as well as free breakfasts, group dinners, and group tours during the weeklong conference.

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Diabetes Study Reveals Despite Higher Risks Most People With Diabetes Don't Change Their Oral Care Routines

WESTPORT, Connecticut – Diabetes is a disease that affects every part of the body, and for people with unstable blood glucose levels there is a higher risk than normal for developing serious complications from poor oral hygiene. In a study by dLife, the world's largest diabetes community, and SoundView Research, Inc., 66 percent of active diabetes managers had not changed their oral care habits since being diagnosed and over half have not been advised by their dentist to take extra care to brush, floss, or rinse daily.

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The American Dental Hygienists' Association Emphasizes Proper Brushing this National Dental Hygiene Month

CHICAGO, Illinois - With the theme "Healthy Habits are Easier than You Think" for its National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM) celebration this October, the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA), in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), makers of Aquafresh®, emphasizes the importance of proper brushing as a key to maintaining excellent oral health.

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ADHA Highlights Major Initiatives at 84th Annual Session in New Orleans

Nearly 900 registered dental hygienists (RDH) from across the United States will discuss key trends in their profession at the 84th annual session of the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) in New Orleans, La. June 20-27.

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