Dental hygieneRegardless what you’ve heard in the media, flossing helps to keep away gum disease. Studies have linked gum disease to a six times greater risk of cognitive decline.

Key takeaways:

  • A few weeks ago, an Associated Press investigation indicated that there are no reliable clinical trials showing that flossing prevents cavities or periodontal disease.
  • The American Dental Association responded by saying that a lack of strong evidence doesn’t equate to a lack of effectiveness.
  • Another study reveals that children who flossed teeth on school days for two years had a 40 percent reduction in the risk of cavities.

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association states: “When food accumulates between teeth, it is metabolized by bacteria to produce plaque. Plaque causes both inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and the demineralization of teeth, which leads to tooth decay.”

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