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Is flossing your teeth a waste of time?

The US health department has stopped recommending it, but the NHS is still in favour. So, should you bother? “I don’t need to floss” is a sentence my dentist never used to hear – not until recently, when the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans stopped recommending it. Now, lots of his patients are telling him they’ve stopped. Despite the NHS advising daily flossing – and almost all dentists being fans of interdental cleaning – an investigation by Associated Press found “little proof that flossing works”.
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