Flossing for the management of periodontal diseases and dental caries in adults.

  title={Flossing for the management of periodontal diseases and dental caries in adults.},
  author={Dario Sambunjak and Jason W Nickerson and Tina Poklepovic and Trevor M Johnson and Pauline Haruko Imai and Peter Tugwell and Helen V Worthington},
  journal={The Cochrane database of systematic reviews},
BACKGROUND Good oral hygiene is thought to be important for oral health. This review is to determine the effectiveness of flossing in addition to toothbrushing for preventing gum disease and dental caries in adults. OBJECTIVES To assess the effects of flossing in addition to toothbrushing, as compared with toothbrushing alone, in the management of periodontal diseases and dental caries in adults. SEARCH METHODS We searched the following electronic databases: the Cochrane Oral Health Group… 

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  • Su-Jin Han
  • Medicine
    International journal of environmental research and public health
  • 2022
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