Greenville dentist refutes conclusions of new flossing study

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – It’s probably an important part of your dental hygiene, but according to a new study, flossing your teeth isn’t worth your time.

However, 9 On Your Side talked to a local dentist who isn’t buying it.

Part of the criticism of the new study is that the research has included a small sample of people and is based on data collected several decades ago.

David Paquette, Department of Surgical Sciences – ECU, said he’s been studying flossing for years and said it should be a key factor in keeping your teeth healthy, “Flossing is a very critical prevention as part of early health. It’s important that we remove the bacteria that accumulates around the teeth and causes two principal oral diseases, one being dental caries and periodontal disease.”

Paquette said the American Dental Association has promoted flossing for more than 100 years.

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