Flossing Doesn’t Really Matter
Anyone that knows me at all, knows that I have a teeth obsession. I was gifted with terrible teeth and through the science of orthodontics, I finally got a pretty smile.
I also take very good care of my teeth. I brush twice a day for two minutes with my electric toothbrush. I try not to eat too many sweets. Kind of. But I will admit, I've never been an avid flosser. Well, turns out, I was doing just fine all along.
The Associated Press just released information today that the research for flossing has never really been done and what research was done was inconclusive.
The AP actually got the Department of Health and Human Services to admit, quote, "The effectiveness of flossing has never been researched, as required."
Turns out the studies that had been done didn't prove that flossing helped to get rid of plaque or prevent gum disease.
So why have we been told to floss our whole lives?
A dentist from the National Institutes of Health tried to clear things up. Quote, "It's low risk, low cost. We know there's a possibility that it works, so we feel comfortable telling people to go ahead and do it."
I kind of see their point. Flossing may not help, but it doesn't hurt, so why not?