Flossing Your Teeth Is No Longer Recommended By Government

August 3, 2016

Dentists and healthcare workers have drilled it into our heads since we were little, to always brush and floss your teeth.  Except there is new evidence that suggest flossing does little to protect your teeth from decay.  An investigative report over the last 10 years and focusing on 25 individual studies found the evidence for flossing as "weak" and "very unreliable", stating the flossing claim is marred by major design flaws, outdated methods, small samples or short time frames. For instance, some studies, for example, lasted just two weeks—which is not enough time for a cavity or dental disease to develop. Add to it that many studies on flossing are designed and paid for by the companies that sell floss, like Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson. Industry-funded research findings can be legitimate, but when a private company is designing and paying for studies, there are many opportunities to report bias information. This year the U.S. government dropped flossing from its dietary guidelines for the first time since it was included in 1979. The government told the AP that its effectiveness had not been researched, which is required by law for inclusion in the guidelines.  However, you should always consult your dentist before starting or stopping suggested methods of teeth and gum care.


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