Government Admits That No Study Has Ever Proven Flossing Is Effective

Government Admits That No Study Has Ever Proven Flossing Is Effective

MEDICAL BENEFITS OF DENTAL FLOSS UNPROVEN

Dr. Wayne Aldredge, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, demonstrates how dental floss should be used in Holmdel, N.J. 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. When the federal government issued its 2016 dietary guidelines, the flossing recommendation had been removed, without notice. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Well you can finally stop lying to your dentist about flossing.

The Associated Press just looked at the research on the benefits of flossing, and they got the Department of Health and Human Services to admit, quote, “The effectiveness of flossing has never been researched, as required.”

There have been plenty of studies on flossing, but none of them have definitively found that it helps you get rid of plaque or prevents gum disease. The AP looked into 25 of the biggest studies and found all of them were unreliable.

So why has the government been recommending that we all floss every day for almost four decades?

A dentist from the National Institutes of Health summed it 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.”

That’s probably true, except for one thing: Floss is a $2 BILLION market around the world, and half of that comes from the United States.

(Associated Press)