Surprisingly Little Evidence for the Accepted Wisdom about Teeth

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Dental health and the prevention of cavities are the reasons why we faithfully brush our teeth. However, there are a few things that should be reconsidered since they seem to make little or no difference.
Key takeaways:

  • Evidence supporting daily flossing has been scanty even though flossing is still important for overall oral health.
  • There’s scanty information supporting routine dental x-rays that are performed annually.
  • Preventive dental visits are linked to better oral health and fewer restorative dental care visits in the future.
  • It is absolutely important for people to brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste to prevent plaque formation, cavities and gingivitis.

In fact, fluoride is so important that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that in areas where the water supply is deficient, providers prescribe oral fluoride supplementation to children.
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