The Science of Flossing Is No Longer Settled

r. 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. (
It somehow took almost forty years for the dental community to realize, as the AP puts it, “there’s little proof that flossing works.” This despite a bona fide legal requirement from the almighty federal government that claims in the official Dietary Guidelines for Americans must be based on sound scientific evidence.