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• Not everyoutcomecanbe studiedusing randomizedclinical trials (whichcan showdirect evidence),
especiallychronicdiseases (likeperiodontitis) that takeyears todevelop. This is justoneof the reasons
theremaynotbe strongdirect evidenceproving that flossingcanpreventdental decayandgumdisease.
• It’s also important toconsider that theharmsof flossingareminimal tononeand thecost is very low.
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References
1.SälzerS,SlotDE,VanderWeijdenFA,DörferCE.Efficacyof inter-dentalmechanicalplaquecontrol inmanaginggingivitis:ameta-review.JClinPeriodontol.2015Apr;42Suppl16:S92-105.
2.SambunjakD,NickersonJW,PoklepovicT,JohnsonTM, ImaiP,TugwellP,WorthingtonHV.Flossing forthemanagementofperiodontaldiseasesanddentalcaries inadults.TheCochrane
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MESSAGESFOROURPATIENTS
Basedon the researchwedohave, flossing is aneffective, inexpensiveand safemethod for
cleaning thehidden, hard-to-reach, partsof your teeth.
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Set realisticgoals.
Cleanall surfacesof your teethdaily, but don’t feel tooguilty if you
missonce inawhile. Thegoal of acleanmouth ismore important thanhowyou reach
that goal.
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Doyourbest
withyour brushing, flossingandothermeasures tocleanall surfacesof
your teethandgums.
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Seekyourdentist’sanddentalhygienists’ advice
anddiscusswith themanyoral health
news items that youcomeacross in themedia. Theywill giveyou thebest personalized
advice for your oral health.
If your dental practice still uses amodem to
transmit dental claims, youwill need to transition
to the Internet by next year to send dental
benefit claims. As of
September 30, 2017
,
Alberta BlueCross andTELUSHealthwill
stop supportingmodem transmissions for
dental benefit claims.
“To sendclaims toAlbertaBlueCross and the insurance
carrierson theTELUSnetworks, dental offices should
transition to Internet claims transmissionswell before
this September 2017deadline,” saysGeoffValentine,
CDAmanager of health informatics services. “Your software
vendor canadviseyouon the steps involved inmaking this change.”
TheCDA ITRANSClaims Service transmitsdental benefit claims toall CDAnet insurancecarriers
exceptAlbertaBlueCross. Thecommunication softwarecalledCCDWS (CommonCommunication
DriverWebServices) alsouses the Internet to sendclaims, but sendsonly to insurancecarrierson
theTELUSnetworks andAlbertaBlueCross. Inbothcases, theCDADigital IDensures that your
claims are sent securelyon the Internet.
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TELUSHealthandAlbertaBlueCross
to end support ofmodems for claims transmissions
Formore information,
contact the
CDAnetHelpDeskat
1-866-788-1212
orvisit
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