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Fantastic Floss

Just two weeks of flossing, added to regular toothbrushing, can significantly reduce bleeding gums and bad breath, according to a study published in the Journal of Periodontology.

The study included 51 sets of twins, ages 12 to 21, who were divided into two groups. One group brushed their teeth and tongue twice a day, while the other group did the same, along with flossing twice a day.1

After two weeks, the group that brushed and flossed had a 38 percent reduction in gum bleeding. In contrast, participants who only brushed experienced a 4 percent increase in gum bleeding.2 Both regimens were found to lower the chance of having halitosis, or bad breath.1

1 “Assessment of Treatment Responses to Dental Flossing in Twins.” A. Biesbrock et al. Journal of Periodontology. 2006, vol. 77, no. 8, pp. 1386–91.

2 “New Study Drives Home the Importance of Tooth Brushing and Dental Flossing.”American Academy of Periodontology, August 1, 2006. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/08/060801131724.htm Accessed 2010.

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