A new bombshell out of the science community: flossing doesn’t work. Fuck dentists!!!
The AP looked at the most rigorous research conducted over the past decade, focusing on 25 studies that generally compared the use of a toothbrush with the combination of toothbrushes and floss. The findings? 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.”
To this I say: no?
I floss every day, and sometimes multiple times a day because Gawker Media provides its employees with the highly sought after workplace perk that is those individual floss things. Every single time I floss (at least once a day), I notice that I have removed particles from my teeth. Sometimes I may extract partial chunks of food such as red meat. Most of the time what I find on my floss is unidentifiable gunk in varying shades of white. It’s impossible to say that flossing does not make your teeth, gums, and mouth cleaner. Any flosser will confirm this.
Also flossers can easily tell who does and does not floss. Just FYI.