Despite its omission in 2015 from federal dietary guidelines, flossing remains a dental health practice that is recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
The DHHS issued the clarification in August after an Associated Press article examining the benefits of flossing noted it had been dropped from the latest federal guidelines.
In response to a query by the American Dental Association, the DHHS said flossing was “an important oral hygiene practice” despite its omission. The agency said it wasn’t included because the guide focused more on dietary concerns, such as the reduction of sugar in the diet.
The ADA reissued its advice to brush with a fluoride toothpaste twice daily using floss or another interdental cleanser, as well as keeping regular dental appointments.
Visit www.mouthhealthy.org for more details about flossing.