Scientists just completed a rigorous study to determine the benefits of flossing, and 9 out of 10 dentists are ready to bust a cap after seeing the results.
Several decades of peddling dental floss to patients will now go to waste after the study showed that although dental floss does remove food remnants and debris from between teeth, it doesn’t actually provide any improvement to overall health.
Via the study: “The evidence for flossing is “weak, very unreliable,” of “very low” quality, and carries “a moderate to large potential for bias.” “The majority of available studies fail to demonstrate that flossing is generally effective in plaque removal,” said one review conducted last year. Another 2015 review cites “inconsistent/weak evidence” for flossing and a “lack of efficacy.”
Translation: unless you’re going on a date… it’s safe to skip the floss.
Hooray, no more bleeding gums!!!