Finally, some good news for lazy people. It turns out that dental flossing is a big old waste of time. Oh yes, you read that right, friends.
All those years of being told flossing helps to prevent cavities and gum disease? Turns out it’s not actually based on any real, hard scientific evidence to back those claims up.
The discovery was made by the Associated Press, when last year they asked the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture to see evidence backing up the pro-flossing that has been promoted in the national surgeon general’s reports since 1979.
Legally, guidelines must be based on scientific evidence, but after promoting the dental habit for almost 40 years the government was unable to provide Associated Press with anything.
Good teeth is achievable without flossing. Source: iStock.
Following Associated Press's request, however, flossing was abruptly removed from the 2016 dietary guidelines, with the government eventually admitting that flossing had not been adequately researched.