We’ve all been told our whole lives that we have to floss to be healthy. The Federal Government has urged flossing in its Guidelines since 1979.
Suddenly, last year, the recommendation for flossing was removed from the Guidelines. What happened?
A large study came out that looked at all previous studies on flossing, and found that there was no evidence to support the use of flossing. Previously, there had been one small study that showed that flossing reduced gum inflammation.
But, dentists still say to floss. And other more recent studies have found that dental plaque may be linked with other medical problems such as heart disease.
So what is the truth? Should you floss?
The ADA (American Dental Association) recommendations continue to be brushing twice a day with fluoride, flossing once a day, and seeing a dentist on a regular basis.
But the good news is now you don’t have to feel so guilty if you miss a day!