STRING THE­ORY

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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

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