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Every dentist has the same message: “floss, floss, floss!” But turns out it’s all a big lie! turns out flossing isn’t quite the magical solution it’s been made out to be. But as there’s a twist to this story… Anthony explains.
The Flimsy Evidence for Flossing
“While working as a research fellow at the Primate Research Institute at the University of Kyoto in Japan, French ethologist Jean-Baptiste Leca witnessed a sight that would prompt a toothy smile from any dentist.”
The efficacy of dental floss in addition to a toothbrush on plaque and parameters of gingival inflammation: a systematic review.
“The aim of this study was to assess systematically the adjunctive effect of both flossing and toothbrushing versus toothbrushing alone on plaque and gingivitis.”
Summary Review/Periodontal disease
“Weak, unreliable evidence suggests flossing plus toothbrushing may be associated with a small reduction in plaque…”
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