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Wed Aug 3, 2016, 07:18 AM

Flossing teeth does little good, investigation finds as US removes recommendation from health advice

he NHS is to review guidance on flossing your teeth after health officials in the US quietly dropped the recommendation, admitting that there is no scientific evidence to show it works.

Current NHS guidance recommends flossing once a day but that is due to be reviewed in January.

The review will look at a US investigation, published this week, which found there is no proof that flossing prevents gum disease or stops cavities.

The US health department has now removed daily flossing from its list of dental recommendations and it is understood that the NHS is also monitoring the situation.

A spokesman for Public Health England (PHE) confirmed that they were reviewing the findings.

Most dentists in the UK advise regular flossing to keep teeth healthy. But advisers at the British Dental Association say it is largely ineffective and instead recommend so-called “inter-dental” brushes, which are small enough to clean in any gaps between teeth.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/08/02/flossing-teeth-does-little-good-and-us-removes-it-from-health-ad/

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Wed Aug 3, 2016, 07:24 AM

1. That's good to know

because I HATE flossing.

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Wed Aug 3, 2016, 08:06 AM

2. you'd take dental advice from the uk?

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Response to rampartb (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 3, 2016, 01:06 PM

6. Medical benefits of dental floss unproven

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/f7e66079d9ba4b4985d7af350619a9e3/medical-benefits-dental-floss-unproven

It is actually advice from the US that is being considered by NHS in the UK.

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Wed Aug 3, 2016, 08:12 AM

3. My old dentist said "Floss the teeth you want to keep." He was in practice 50+ years, so I listened.

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Wed Aug 3, 2016, 08:39 AM

4. It's great for removing the meat I tear from the bones of my enemies.

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Wed Aug 3, 2016, 10:22 AM

5. I use those little brushes all the time.

I keep some in my car too.

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