No wonder when our professional societies and academies want to promote it with the above images. The Facebook page of the German Society of Periodontology features the left image while the right supports a recent statement by the American Academy of Periodontology’s President, Dr. Wayne Aldredge, regarding the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services recent decision to remove flossing from the federal 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines, citing the gap in quality research.
On the webpage of the European Federation of Periodontology patients need couple of clicks to find the Dossier on Periodental [sic] Disease and, on the second last page of the pdf, how to prevent it, see the above picture. Daily use of mini-interdental brushes between teeth are recommended in the first place, but “[i]f these brushes do not fit, floss may be used (less effective).”
Well, fun playing around with dental floss (as shown in the above pictures) is ineffective, no doubt.
13 August 2016 @ 7:36 am.
Update 7 September 2016. The EFP has published today, on its website, another clarifying statement repeating its previous conclusions after a meta-review of randomized controlled trials regarding efficacy of interdental cleaning aids which was published in 2015.