Professional Reactions to My Last Blog on Flossing

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I had wondered when I published last month’s blog on flossing if anyone would respond to the picture that we chose to accompany the article.  As I had hoped, a number of Dental Hygiene colleagues responded to the CDHA (my blog posts appear on their site), to alert them of the mistake that I had made.  I was notified of such and here is the truth..

The truth is, I was actually well aware of what I was doing and I purposely chose a picture that depicted a young woman flossing “incorrectly”.   Why did I do this?  I did this to prove a point.

We become so caught up in what we think we know that we play it safe.  We hold on to what is familiar and comfortable and completely avoid the issue at hand!

If the holy grail of flossing can be challenged, then I admonish all of you to do the same with fluoride!

We can start by asking some simple questions:

What if…

What if fluoride is toxic?

What if fluoride has side effects?

What if there are safer alternatives that I don’t know about?

What if I am missing the underlying problem by treating the symptom and not the cause?

The main problem is that “We don’t know what we don’t know” and we need to have the courage to challenge what we have learned and what we believe.  Things change… it is the only constant in life!

To see my previous articles on fluoride, please click here.

We owe it to our patients, who trust us to always have their best interests in mind, with everything that we recommend for them!

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Until next time,


4 thoughts on “Professional Reactions to My Last Blog on Flossing

  1. You just made me smile. Good for you for taking a courageous stand against the masses. You are absolutely right when you say that we MUST all be our patients advocate and it is All of our responsibility to know all sides of a coin.
    Kudos to you.

  2. Hi Julie,
    I so am glad that I made you smile!
    Thanks so much for your public support of our profession learning “all” of the facts surrounding this controversial issue.
    We are in health “care” and I often wonder where the “care” has gone!
    In Health
    Kathleen Bernardi RDH

  3. Thanks so much for your response and support of this very controversial topic Karen! I reiterate; WE DON’T KNOW WHAT WE DON’T KNOW!
    I am so glad to hear that you and your family have chosen to do your research and find healthier ways to fight tooth decay!

    In Health
    Kathleen Bernardi RDH

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