Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Great Unflossing If You Floss, Ignore the Latest Debunking Study

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Great Unflossing If You Floss, Ignore the Latest Debunking Study

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Most of us were told from a very early age to brush our teeth and to floss daily. But, truth be revealed, most of us have not flossed with regularity and feel a twinge of guilt when grilled by the dentist.

So, for some, it was sweet vindication to hear that a recent study debunks flossing, sort of. It seems that the authorities have never fully researched how effective flossing is in fighting gum disease and cavities. Indeed, there is no hard evidence that there is any benefit to flossing at all.

This finding is right up there with "red wine and chocolate are good for you."What next? More TV and trans fats will extend your fourscore and ten by decades?

But - a little more truth here - for every 101-year-old Bolivian woman who has smoked a pack of unfiltered cigarettes every day since she was 12, there are 100 obese 50-year-olds with diabetes and false teeth. …

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