Acta Scientific Dental Sciences (ISSN: 2581-4893)

Research Article Volume 4 Issue 2

A Cross Sectional Study of the Positive Effects of Dental Flossing on Periodontal Tissues

Ibrahim Abduljalil Albaijan, Saleem issam Albaradie, Nidal tareef Alshakaki, Nasser Ahmed Alfaleh, Mohammed fahad almotawa, Nada ameen softah and Suhael Ahmed*

Assistant Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Saudi Arabia

*Corresponding Author: Suhael Ahmed, Assistant Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Saudi Arabia.

Received: January 11, 2020; Published: January 20, 2020



Background and Introduction: Dental floss is used commonly in the dental practice to remove plaque(soft tenacious bacterial material deposited over the tooth surfaces),which, if not removed, might eventually lead to the development of gingivitis, gingival pockets and dental caries.

  Dental floss as an adjunct in oral self care has seen a steady rise in usage over the years. Benefits of using a dental floss is well documented. However little has been written about the effect it sets on the soft tissue wall when pressed against the gingival tissues. In this cross sectional study we aimed to highlight the effect of using dental floss on the periodontal tissues.

Aim of the Study: To analyse the effect of dental floss on periodontal tissues.

Material and Method: A total number of 62 patients both male and female in the age range of 20 to 45 years visiting Riyadh elm university were handed a dental floss and advised to floss only mandibular first molar tooth on both right and left side thrice daily following meals. Bleeding index and gingival index were recorded at after 2 weeks. Bleeding on probing and periodontal depth was recorded on buccal, lingual, mesial and distal surface of the molar teeth on either side. Probing depth was measured to the nearest millimeter using a PCP-II periodontal probe. Results were statistically analysed.

Results: Significant improvement in periodontal health was noticed following 2 weeks of flossing.

Conclusion: We attribute improved bleeding tendency and improved periodontal status to the beneficial effects of correct use of a dental floss and are of the opinion that the worsening periodontal health in a small number of patients could be due to improper or overzealous use of dental floss resulting in food accumulation and subsequent inflammatory process in the flossed area.

Keywords: Dental Floss; Periodontal Health; Gingivitis; Periodontal Pocket; Gingival Bleeding



Citation: Suhael Ahmed., et al. “A Cross Sectional Study of the Positive Effects of Dental Flossing on Periodontal Tissues”.Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 4.2 (2020): 87-89.

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