Medical benefits of dental floss unproven

by Larry Emmott on August 8, 2016

in General,Health Care Politics

So what?  I don't know. Clueless senior man shrugs his shouldersFrom The Washington Post:

The AP looked at the most rigorous research conducted over the past decade, focusing on 25 studies that generally compared the use of a toothbrush with the combination of toothbrushes and floss. The findings? The evidence for flossing is “weak, very unreliable,” of “very low” quality, and carries “a moderate to large potential for bias.”

Source: Medical benefits of dental floss unproven – The Washington Post

This is what patients are reading in the popular press. It is the kind of quirky gotcha thing that gets attention and it has been re-printed, blogged and posted all over social media,

This is a perfect example of the perils of insisting on a strict evidence based approach. As a dental professional who has observed patient dental health for many years with and without flossing do you believe it has no value?

The science, the evidence seems to say it does not. Is your personal experience your anecdotal experience valid?

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