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Is flossing really necessary?

An image of a woman flossing | Dentist in Colorado Springs

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, and in honor of that, let's talk about a hotly debated topic - flossing. The issue of flossing became particularly prominent around this time last year, when much of the mainstream media was proclaiming that flossing was a thing of the past and provided no health benefits. So is it true, or just more "fake news?"
Here's what we know: there isn't strong evidence to support flossing based on current studies, however, stopping there is misleading. Just because the evidence is weak, doesn't mean flossing is ineffective, it just means there aren't any well designed studies as of yet. An exaggerated analogy would be ...

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