ADA Addresses Misunderstanding Regarding Flossing Recommendation

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Glenn J Marie, DDS serves as the owner of Dentistry for Children, a dental practice based in Staten Island, New York. In addition to his day-to-day work in his practice, Glenn J Marie, DDS keeps his professional skills up to date through membership with the American Dental Association.

In 2016, the American Dental Association reaffirmed its recommendations for daily flossing amid some confusion surrounding news reports that some interpreted as underestimating the benefit of the practice. The misunderstanding stems from a decision by the US government to omit flossing from its 2015 US Dietary Guidelines.

Omission, however, does not indicate a change in stance. In the most recent guidelines, the government made a conscious choice to focus more on addressing sugar intake rather than flossing practice. Further, these guidelines have no impact on daily flossing recommendations from the Surgeon General and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that been in place for many years.

Further, the American Dental Association reaffirms its stance that good oral care should include brushing twice a day for at least two minutes and cleaning in between teeth, either by flossing or using an interdental cleaner.

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