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ADA Addresses Misunderstanding Regarding Flossing Recommendation

American Dental Association pic

American Dental Association

Glenn J Marie, DDS serves as the owner of Dentistry for Children, a dental practice based in Staten Island, New York. In addition to his day-to-day work in his practice, Glenn J Marie, DDS keeps his professional skills up to date through membership with the American Dental Association.

In 2016, the American Dental Association reaffirmed its recommendations for daily flossing amid some confusion surrounding news reports that some interpreted as underestimating the benefit of the practice. The misunderstanding stems from a decision by the US government to omit flossing from its 2015 US Dietary Guidelines.

Omission, however, does not indicate a change in stance. In the most recent guidelines, the government made a conscious choice to focus more on addressing sugar intake rather than flossing practice. Further, these guidelines have no impact on daily flossing recommendations from the Surgeon General and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that been in place for many years.

Further, the American Dental Association reaffirms its stance that good oral care should include brushing twice a day for at least two minutes and cleaning in between teeth, either by flossing or using an interdental cleaner.


Vadha Kempo and Kyokushin Karate

Kyokushin karate

Kyokushin karate


An experienced dentist who works on New York’s Staten Island, Glenn J. Marie, DDS, has owned and operated Dentistry for Children for more than a quarter of a century. Outside of the professional environment, he is a dedicated athlete who built upon his experience as a former college wrestler to excel in the martial arts. Glenn J. Marie, DDS, holds two black belts in Vadha Kempo and Kyokushin karate.

A traditional form of marital arts that originated in Tibet, Vadha features a range of hand and foot strikes and defensive maneuvers as well as control arcs that can redirect an opponent’s force of attack rather than stop the attack directly. After the Vadha form came to the United States in the 1950s, American black belt John Salvaggio combined Vadha basics with other techniques to found a new martial art style known as Vadha Kempo.

Founded in 1964 as a full-contact incarnation of karate, Kyokushin stresses the importance of personal spiritual development and exploration, as well as practical self-defense. This form of karate takes its name from four Japanese words that translate as: “ultimate,” “truth from within,” “to join,” and “sanctuary or school.”