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Wait, Does Dental Floss Even Work?

(Gizmodo) From a very young age, it’s drilled into us that we need to floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities. But as a recent investigation by the Associated Press reveals, the benefits of dental floss are largely unproven.
It sounds blasphemous, but flossing may not yield the protective benefits we’ve been told to expect. Since 1979, the federal government in the US has recommended daily flossing, but by law these dietary guidelines, which are updated every five years, have to be supported by scientific evidence. Surprisingly—and without any notice—the federal government dropped flossing from its dietary guidelines this year, telling the Associated Press that “the government acknowledged the effectiveness of flossing had never been researched, as required.”
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