Controversial Book Claims That Flossing Is ‘Useless’

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A controversial new book has claimed that flossing, a practice that dentists usually promote tirelessly, is useless.

The book, which is called ‘Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye’, claims that flossing does not have any benefits for preventing decay. The author, Dr Ellie Phillips, one of the first female dentists to train at Guy’s Hospital London, argues that flossing does not help to prevent decay and suggests using three types of mouthwash instead.

Dr Phillips recommends using Ultradex mouthwash after eating to wash away bacteria; this should be followed by a regular mouthwash, such as Listerine, after brushing and then Fluorigard to protect and strengthen the teeth. Dr Phillips also recommends chewing gum that contains Xylitol, a natural ingredient, which has been proven to reduce the risk of decay.

Dr Phillips’ observation sounds absurd when you consider that dentists have been promoting regular flossing for many years; however, there is little research evidence to support the fact that flossing reduces rates of decay.

Some dentists believe that flossing has not been shown to be effective in the fight against decay because people do not know how to floss properly.

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November 29th, 2012 at 08:47 PM
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