The American floss lie.....or truth?

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The American floss lie.....or truth?

Post by eddie on Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:37 pm

Everyone recommends flossing – but there's hardly any proof it works

Dental organizations and the federal government have long urged people to use dental floss, but the latest US guidelines have dropped the recommendation.

It’s one of the most universal recommendations in all of public health: floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities.

Except there’s little proof that flossing works.

Still, governments, dental organisations and manufacturers of floss have pushed the practice for decades. Dentists provide samples to their patients; the British Dental Association insists on its patient website that flossing helps “in the battle against tooth decay and gum disease”.

But all this could change following an investigation by Associated Press (AP). Last year journalists from the agency asked the departments of health and human services and agriculture in the US for their evidence that flossing works.

Since then, the US government has quietly dropped the recommendation, admitting that there is no scientific evidence to prove the benefits. And now the NHS is set to review their own guidelines.

On its website, it currently states that dental floss “helps to prevent gum disease by getting rid of pieces of food and plaque from between your teeth” which can cause inflammation.

A leading British dentist, however, said there is only “weak evidence” that flossing helps in this way. Professor Damien Walmsley of Birmingham University, said the time and expense required for reliable studies meant the health claims often attributed to floss were unproven.

Walmsley, who is also a scientific adviser to the British Dental Association, said: “The difficulty is trying to get good evidence. People are different and large studies are costly to do ... until then you can’t really say yes or no.”

He added “more sophisticated trials” were needed. “It’s important to tell people to do the basics. Flossing is not part of the basics.”

AP also looked at the most rigorous research of the past decade. Twenty-five studies in leading journals found evidence for flossing is “weak, very unreliable”, of “very low” quality, and carries “a moderate to large potential for bias”.

One review conducted last year said: “The majority of available studies fail to demonstrate that flossing is generally effective in plaque removal.”

More: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/02/dental-floss-proof-works-guidelines-dropped



I'm in two minds about this having worked in a dental surgery and speaking to dentists and hygienists. They were all extensively trained and adamant that flossing helped prevent plaque build-up.

Perhaps they were sold a lie to sell on the lie to us?

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Re: The American floss lie.....or truth?

Post by HoratioTarr on Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:57 pm

I use interdentals, which are much more efficient.
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