Perceptions About Flossing

Results of a national survey released this past June 23 have revealed that 27% of US adults admit they lie to their dentist about how often they floss their teeth. Additionally, more than one third of Americans (36%) would rather perform an unpleasant activity like cleaning the toilet (14%) than floss.

The survey involved 2,021 US adults and was conducted online this past March by the Harris Poll on behalf of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP).

“There’s clearly more work to be done when it comes to educating Americans about the importance of oral hygiene,” said Joan Otomo-Corgel, DDS, MPH, AAP president. “There are more than 500 bacterial species that can be found in plaque, and brushing alone does not remove the bacteria that live below the gum line.”

The survey also revealed a list of unpleasant activities Americans would chose over flossing, such as washing a sink full of dirty dishes (18%) or waiting in a long checkout line (14%). And nearly one in 10 US adults would rather wait in gridlocked traffic for an hour or do taxes than floss.

-This article was excerpted from Dentistry Today Magazine

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