Official AAOSH Statements

AAOSH Position Paper Regarding the AP Flossing Report

August 15, 2016

In 2016, the Associated Press released a report in which it called the evidence for flossing "weak," "unreliable," and "inconsistent":

"One study review in 2011 did credit floss with a slight reduction in gum inflammation — which can sometimes develop over time into full-fledged gum disease. However, the reviewers ranked the evidence as "very unreliable." A commentary in a dental magazine stated that any benefit would be so minute it might not be noticed by users."

Medical benefits of dental floss unproven

View AAOSH's official response to the AP report here, or download the PDF.

Response to the American Heart Association's Scientific Statement on Periodontal Disease and Cardiovascular Disease

April 30, 2012

In 2012, the American Heart Association issued a statement based on a review of past research. Its ultimate conclusion was that past research did not indicate a causative relationship between periodontal disease and atherosclerotic vascular disease:

Although periodontal interventions result in a reduction in systemic inflammation and endothelial dysfunction in short-term studies, there is no evidence that they prevent ASVD or modify its outcomes.

Periodontal Disease and Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease: Does the Evidence Support an Independent Association?

View AAOSH's official response to the AHA's statement here, or download the PDF.