Do you floss?

Print Friendly

It seems like simple, sensible advice to improve our health : Eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, exercise regularly, don’t smoke, drink sensibly, and – of course – floss. Or not!

Turns out that despite being recommended by numerous scientists and universities, the effectiveness of flossing has never been researched, according to a new report from the Associated Press.

The NHS is to review guidance on flossing your teeth after health officials in the US quietly dropped the recommendation, admitting that there is no scientific evidence to show it works, and that there is no proof that flossing prevents gum disease or stops cavities.  Advisers at the British Dental Association say it is largely ineffective and instead recommend “inter-dental” brushes, which are small enough to clean in any gaps between teeth.

A Public Health England (PHE) spokeswoman said it keeps “abreast of the evidence base and will consider these findings”.

She said: “Some people may not have large enough spaces in between their teeth to use an inter-dental brush, so flossing can be a useful alternative. Patients should speak to their dentist if they have any concerns.”

Current NHS guidance recommends flossing once a day but that is due to be reviewed in January.

Are you a daily flosser? How long have you flossed for?  Do you use inter-dental brushes? Will you now consider changing your habits?

Do you floss your teeth?

225 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Yes No

What are your views?

We'd love to hear your comments

Not a member?

Join the silversurfers community today! It's free, easy to do, and is packed full of features and amazing offers!

Join the community!
Click here if you have forgotten your password
Rossie Raspberry
3rd Sep 2016
Thanks for voting!
I have used floss for many years and still do and also now use interdental brushes, make my teeth feel more comfortable especially as l have a few crowns which always need cleaning after eating.Maybe l will try the water pick method although l was told they can disturb fillings, so more expensive crowns!!!
25th Aug 2016
Thanks for voting!
I have always flossed them and will continue to do so. Its just healthy and makes my teeth feel cleaner. My wife has recently got some "sticks" that are just as good to brush between our teeth
9th Aug 2016
Thanks for voting!
I had a fall whilst on holiday in Vietnam a few months ago, and broke several teeth so had extensive dental work. My lovely Vietnamese dentist recommended a water flosser; I use it twice a day and it's fantastic - I'm amazed at much food debris is dislodged with it and how much cleaner my mouth and teeth are.
7th Aug 2016
Thanks for voting!
No I don't floss any more since I was told about interdental brushes. I now use them every day and my dentist is happy too. There's little for him to do and my gums are ok now as well.
5th Aug 2016
Thanks for voting!
I dont floss every day but my lower front teeth are so close together I cant get interdental brushes between them. This research seems to fly in the face of what dentists and dental hygienists say so I'll continue my regime!
3rd Aug 2016
Thanks for voting!
Never been a big fan of flossing ... have recently discovered interdental brushes and much prefer using them .. Used to use a brand called Tepe with a wire filament in the brush, but my dentist showed me some ones without wire and I much prefer them. They are Ultradex Wire-free Interdental Brushes.

I do get fed up with all the contradictions in health advice I must say!! Than god at our age we have a lot of common sense and are old enough to make our own choices!
3rd Aug 2016
Thanks for voting!
My brother flosses and as he is as old as me (in his 60s) when he does his fillings come out and crash into the sink so he has stopped doing it. I floss when I remember-good old brushing the teeth should do it
3rd Aug 2016
Thanks for voting!
I always floss about three times a week and have done for years and years. Now we are told that its useless? I just don't get it. Should I have my 5 pieces of fruit a day or will I be told in 5 years that this is a waste of time? I will keep flossing as I am sure its good for your dental hygene.

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!

More Speakers Corner

Do you boil your Brussels? Cleaned brussel sprouts on a wooden cutting board with exterior leaves and a knife.
Brussels sprouts are a Christmas dinner must have but not to everyone likes them. You'll be...
Real or Artificial - What kind of Christmas tree will you have? Fresh cut Christmas trees
Each Christmas there is a ‘debate’ over real versus artificial Christmas trees. The...
Do you agree with Cryogenic Preservation? Excess smoky nitrogen gas discharge during filling of a liquid nitrogen dewar.
This week it was announced that a very brave 14 year old girl who had terminal cancer had won...
Should shops remain closed on Boxing Day? Boxing Day Sale cinnamon star on green wood concept.
A petition calling for a ban on shops opening on Boxing Day has attracted close to 194,000...
Will you be sending Christmas cards this year? Bracknell, England - October 28th, 2014: Vintage style Christmas cards. Modern cards originated from a printing in 1843 instigated by Sir Henry Cole, director of London's Victoria and Albert Museum.
The custom of sending Christmas cards was started in the UK in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole. He was a...
Do you still use cheques as payment? Signing a blank cheque with a fountain pen
** Note: Shallow depth of field
Cheques books have been used in the UK for over 350 years but they are now on the decline. In...
Are you surprised that Donald Trump won? Saint Louis, MO, USA - March 11, 2016: Donald Trump addresses supporters at the Peabody Opera House in Downtown Saint Louis
After months of campaigning, debating, mud slinging and scandals, the Americans have voted and...
Do you mind the gap? toblerone
The makers of Toblerone, Mondelez, have taken the decision to widen the gaps between the...
Should Nigel Farage be ennobled in the House of Lords? LONDON, UK - MAY 1, 2016: Nigel Farage seen arriving at the BBC to attend the Andrew Marr show
There are calls for Nigel Farage to be made a Lord and take his place as a peer in the upper...
Should the FA defy the poppy ban? poppy
England are due to host Scotland at a World Cup qualifying match at Wembley on November 11 ...
Who would you trust more to be the next US President? LONDON UK - MARCH 3RD 2016: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump pin badges over the American flag symbolizing their battle to become the next President of the United States 3rd March 2016.
With the latest results today from ABC/Washington Post tracking poll, now showing Donald Trump...
Should the UK have a complete ban on selling Ivory products? ivoryburn2 900x600
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, chef come wildlife campaigner, has been looking into the shocking...
Do you think Princess Beatrice and Eugenie should be given royal duties? London UK - June 17 2006: Princess Eugenie (left) and Princess Beatrice seating on the Royal Coach at Trooping the colour ceremony also known as the Queen's Birthday Parade
** Note: Slight blurriness, best at smaller sizes
It was revealed in the sunday papers that there is a nasty feud brewing between Prince Charles and...
Do you rake or vacuum? Yorkshire Dog on the autumn leaves blur
Autumn is in full swing, and the leaves are rapidly changing from luscious shades of green, to a...
Where do you think the extra runway should be built - Heathrow or Gatwick? Airplane touch down on runway during sunset
Since the 1970s various UK governments have been debating how to expand the UKs potential to...
Are the Government right to do a Pension U-turn? bigstock-Pensions-11274911
The government has done a huge U-turn on Pensions and scrapped the rights of 5 million pensioners...
Do city zoos still have a place in a modern society? gorilla in zoo
Last week’s incident at London Zoo, in which a male silverback gorilla escaped his enclosure...
Are hospital trusts cashing in on the sick? Ticket machine at the exit of a car park
Patients in England are being penalised with increasing parking charges with 30% of hospital...