There are two types of people in the world: those who cheerfully lie to their dentists about how often they floss, and those who announce with guilty pride, “Never.” The federal government and the American Dental Association have long touted the benefits of regular flossing, however, a recent investigation shows they’ve been stringing us along.
It seems flossing was recommended and publicized for years despite inadequate scientific study. Which is not to say flossing wasn’t studied at all. It was studied—using substandard methods. For example, some studies failed to isolate the benefits of flossing, testing instead a toothbrush and floss duo. Other studies lasted only a few weeks, or followed only a handful of people. The results? The study conclusions found the evidence for flossing “weak,” “unreliable,” and “inconsistent.”
That being said, dental hygienists still largely recommend the between-tooth cleanse, but with a water-based floss rather than string floss. Water flossers have plaque-removing, gum-disease-fighting benefits without any bleeding gums. Plus, water flossers boast 5 clinical studies that each show water flossing to be superior to string flossing in terms of long-term oral health. Source: Associated Press