Over 25% of Adults in US are Dishonest About Flossing

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A survey that was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) has revealed that over a quarter of US adults are dishonest with their dentists when it comes to the question of how often they are flossing. The participants consisted of 2,021 US adults all of whom were 18 years and older, across the top 10 US markets.

The findings show that more than 27% of adults lie to their dentist about how often they floss, with 36% of those participants claiming that they rather engage in another unpleasant activity over flossing their teeth.

The data showed that:

  • 9% would rather sit in gridlock traffic for an hour or do their taxes
  • 14% would rather clean a toilet than floss
  • 14% would rather wait in a long check-out line
  • 18% would rather wash a sink full of dirty dishes

The American Dental Association recommends that you floss at least once a day. Brushing alone can't reach the plaque that is between your teeth, which is why flossing is so important to dental hygiene. If you don't engage in flossing regularly the plaque can harden into calculus or tarter.

Regular brushing and flossing can protect your teeth and gums while helping to prevent the occurrence of other diseases. If you have questions about dental hygiene or would like to schedule an appointment at our Newtown Square family dentistry practice, contact The Office of Dr. Bellisario by calling 610-642-7024 today!