Take THAT, every dentist ever.
Flossing is one of those things that was supposed to be good for you, but never really had many devoted practitioners.
Now, thanks to an update, the U.S. government's dietary guidelines no longer recommend the practice.
The update was announced the same day as an Associated Press report that showed no scientists had actually done sufficient research to prove flossing was medically useful.
In other words, flossing might help you get stuff from between your teeth, but there's not much proof it helps prevent disease.
You don't know if you'll develop periodontal disease, and you can find out too late.
This isn't a unanimous decision, though. The American Dental Association insists flossing is still "an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums."
And other dentists like Dr. Wayne Aldredge, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, say flossing can still be a good preventative measure.
So... all those flossing tutorials on YouTube might be a little misguided.
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