A leading periodontologist, Robin Seymour, Emeritus Professor of Dental Sciences at Newcastle University (United States Kingdom), has said that flossing,if done wrongly,could be harmful to the teeth.
Flossing is meant to protect your teeth by getting rid of pieces of food and plaque between them because if left untended the dirts could build up, irritate the gums and cause inflammation which results in disease. But flossing requires a lot of dexterity to manipulate the floss in the mouth, especially at the back of the mouth and many people lack this dexterity. Instead of removing the plaque, many push it down the gum and leave it there.
Another common error is using a sawing action to drag the floss back and forth. This doesn’t remove plaque effectively, but it can traumatise the gums. And so many others don’t comply with the doctor’s directive on how regular to do it.
Flossing is difficult to do, and difficult to do well. Because of this, there are other alternatives like mouthwashes, electric toothbrush and inter-dental brushes. They require a little bit of instruction -it is important to swish the solution around the mouth and use your tongue to push it between the teeth -but they have the advantage of being much easier to use than floss.