As dentists demonstrated in a recent New York Times article, there’s more to evidence than the randomized controlled trial. The article uses the importance of interdental cleaning as an example. In August, a report published by the Associated Press suggested that flossing didn’t necessarily “foster good oral health.” Misconceptions about the correlation between scientific research, evidence, and clinical expertise often cause confusion and can incite people to mistakenly believe that science does not support something that is, in fact, important.
Read the article here.
Take note, the article does mention that clinical experience and a range of evidence have proven to dentists that interdental cleaning is critical to oral health. Don’t stop flossing!