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  • Writer's pictureKelly White

Is Flossing a Waste of Time?

Flossing has been a staple of oral hygiene recommendations for decades, but a recent investigation by the Associated Press has raised questions about its effectiveness. The U.S. government removed the flossing recommendation from the latest dietary guidelines, leaving many people wondering if flossing is just a myth.

However, most dental professionals agree that flossing can help maintain oral health, despite the lack of rigorous scientific evidence. Plaque, the bacterial layer that grows on teeth, can only be partially removed by brushing, making flossing an important part of any oral hygiene routine.

While gum disease is complex and varies from person to person, regular flossing can help prevent gingivitis and remove plaque from hard-to-reach areas between teeth. However, it's important to floss correctly and thoroughly to see the benefits.

If you're unsure about the best way to floss or have any questions about oral hygiene, be sure to ask your dental health professional during your next scheduled appointment. While the evidence may not be conclusive, many dental professionals still recommend flossing as an important part of oral hygiene.

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