A String around Your Finger: Do We Really Need to Floss? will review current literature on the effectiveness of flossing and other interdental cleaning in the age of “Flossgate,” the August 2016 assertion in the Associated Press that there is scanty research supporting flossing as a method to improve oral health outcomes. This course will look at the 2011 Cochrane systematic review upon which the government based its decision to omit the recommendation to floss from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans as well as the broader literature and scientific rationale behind flossing and interdental cleaning. Finally, this course will evaluate the current best evidence for oral hygiene methods to prevent caries and periodontal disease.
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