Does Flossing Work?

First of all what is actually Flossing? According to many it is the cleaning between teeth using dental floss. But does it actually work?

An eye-opening study by the Associated Press (AP) has revealed the benefits of dental flossing are largely unproven.

The US government has dropped daily flossing from its recommended dietary guidelines saying they have “acknowledged the effectiveness of flossing has never been researched, as required”.

This is a huge upset to an industry worth over £750m per year.

But many dentists disagree, including Farnham Dentist Dr Rashid. He and many other dentists claim part of the problem is that people don’t floss correctly. Instead of moving in a sawing back-and-forth motion, experts say we should be moving it up and down the sides of our teeth. Flossing helps fights plaque and gingivitis and for people who have gaps between their teeth it helps remove food debris that can cause bad breath.


Most dentists in the UK advise regular flossing to keep teeth healthy. But advisers at the British Dental Association say it is largely ineffective and instead recommend so-called “inter-dental” brushes, which are small enough to clean in any gaps between teeth.

Diane Abbott, the shadow health secretary, said: “For years we have been told that flossing is an essential part of caring for our teeth and gums. Now it turns out that the only people really benefiting were the dental floss manufacturers. Yet another healthcare myth bites the dust.”

To be on the safe side it is probably better to floss and no harm will come from it and ultimately your teeth will be clean.