You are probably aware that last week the latest dietary guidelines issued by the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services quietly and without notice dropped any mention of flossing. At the same time, The Associated Press reported that officials had never researched the effectiveness of regular flossing, as required, before cajoling Americans to do it.
Chances are you don’t read anything printed by the Department of Agriculture, but you may watch The Today Show and all of the other “light news” outlets that seem to delight in reporting the story. After all – everyone would prefer to not have to floss anyways.
This is just what I need– one more reason to get people not to floss!
A close look shows they are not saying flossing is not effective; just that there have never been any really good studies on the subject. But although this is anecdotal – as dental professionals we see first-hand the benefits of flossing every single day!