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Is flossing your teeth a waste of time?

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:48 PM

Visits to the dentist are never pleasant. Not only do we have our pearly whites scraped, prodded and drilled, we then have to endure a telling-off for not having flossed.

Dentists insist it will keep our teeth sparkling and free from decay, as well as keeping our gums healthy. Regular flossing has even been said to protect us from heart disease.

Yet, for most of us who try wrestling with the tape, it only results in a cricked neck and bleeding gums.

And now, according to a provocative new book, Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye, it seems that dedicated followers of flossing could actually be wasting their time.


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Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:16 PM

I floss..my teeth are tight against one another so I must. even if they weren't I still would because brushing alone doesn't dislodge all the particles.

Besides there are other things around than just plain floss. Those stick thingies with floss on them makes things easier, for me anyways.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 02:35 AM

i worked at a dentist for 8 years. we had a saying: "only floss the ones you want to keep". :)

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 03:36 AM

Now people can get off my case. I don't bother flossing unless I have stuff lodged in my teeth and my teeth are perfect.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 04:30 AM

Attached File  false teeth.jpg   5.86K   0 downloadsWell I dont floss mine!

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 06:07 AM

That study doesn't say anything about the fact that if you don't floss, the crud that is between your teeth, food particles, plaque, bacteria,  will give you a serious case of halitosis!  Floss!  Please!  :P

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