Flossing dropped from federal health guidelines


For decades, dentists have recommended that clients floss to prevent gum disease and cavities.

But according to a new study by The Associated Press, there’s little that proof flossing  works. The Associated Press last year asked the departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture for evidence. Without notice, the federal government removed its flossing recommendation from its latest dietary guidelines.

In a letter to the AP, the government acknowledged that the effectiveness of flossing had never been fully researched as required.

The Associated Press looked at several studies comparing the use of toothbrush and floss vs. just a toothbrush. It found that the evidence in favor of flossing was “weak” and “unreliable.”


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