Published: Nov 20, 2017 | By: Richard Caven
Pop quiz: How often are you supposed to be flossing?
Answer: At least once a day.
The benefits of flossing are crucial as it doesn't just remove food stuck between the teeth, it also helps remove plaque and helps maintain good gum health. Noting this, you'd be surprised to learn just how few Americans floss daily, according to an October 2017 study conducted by the American Dental Association. Per the survey, which consisted of 1,005 adults, only about 16 percent floss daily. An additional 20 percent say they only floss when they think something is stuck in their teeth and a shocking 8 percent state that they never floss.
Since only 16 percent of those surveyed claim that they floss daily, you might be wondering just why people don't floss. The biggest reason, per 55 percent of the respondents, is because it's too time consuming. An additional 16 percent said that flossing is too painful and 9 percent say that it's "gross" when citing reasons why they don't floss every day. Let's dive into these a bit more:
Also noted in the survey are some of the bizarre things that people use as floss. Respondents cited things like their fingernails, paper or cards, cutlery, safety pins and hair as tools they've used to floss when they're in a bind. It goes without saying that these tools don't make for ideal floss. It’s important to make smart choices around using the right dental tools. Instead, stick to things like:
For more information on the importance of flossing, contact Caven Dental today.
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