Ask the doctor: Do I really need to floss every day?

Ask the doctor

Q. I recently read an article claiming that flossing your teeth is a useless activity. Is this true? Should I not do it anymore?

A. Last year, the U.S. government's dietary guidelines dropped the recommendation for regular teeth flossing. This action was not due to any new research refuting the benefit, but rather the fact that the existing research did not meet current standards for "proof" of benefit.

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