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Why You Should Still Be Flossing (Despite the Anti-Floss Hype)

You may have read a story or two by now from The Associated Press or The New York Times about how there is no evidence to support the benefits flossing or highlighting it’s absence from the United States Federal Government’s Federal Dietary Guidelines. However, if you think flossing is a waste of time–you’re wrong. Despite being left out of the dietary guidelines, a statement was released by the government agency clarifying “[Flossing is] an important oral hygiene practice” and said that the guidelines’ omission did not imply otherwise. If you’re not taking that agency at their word, here are three more reasons to keep on flossing!

Flossing has been linked to longevity.

That’s right, flossing might just help you live longer! According to a Leisure World Cohort Study of over five thousand elderly adults, those who didn’t floss had an over 25% increased risk of death over the course of the study.

Prevent bad breath.

Whether you want to admit it or not, if you aren’t flossing there are bits of food stuck between your teeth–rotting. Regardless of how thoroughly you brush, you can’t reach everything without flossing. Not only is this a great way to trigger gum inflammation, you and anyone around you will likely have a not-so-pleasant odor to deal with.

The now infamous study didn’t actually state that flossing is worthless.

The story did suggest that some of the data supporting flossing was based on below-par studies, but stated “There is some evidence from 12 studies that flossing in addition to toothbrushing reduces gingivitis compared to toothbrushing alone.”

Been awhile since you’ve flossed? No time like the present to start! You should brush at least twice a day and floss daily. When you’re ready for a professional cleaning, contact Lifetime Family Dental to schedule your dental cleaning in Gilbert!

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