Why Flossing Is So Important to Your Dental Health

Flossing Dental Health

It’s been a busy day, and you’re longing for sleep, but you still need to brush and floss your teeth. Since it’s late, you decide to only brush your teeth, reasoning that flossing can wait until tomorrow, or the next day, right?

Flossing is fundamental
The American Dental Association reports that it’s necessary to brush and floss your teeth each day to maintain good dental health. Brushing helps clean tooth surfaces and flossing dislodges food particles caught between teeth and along the gum line. If not removed, food particles and mouth bacteria can work together to cause tooth decay and gum disease.

Fibbing about flossing
Interestingly, a 2015 American Academy of Periodontology survey of 2,021 adults in the United States discovered that 27 percent admitted to lying to their dentist about how often they floss their teeth. In fact, 36 percent said they would rather wash dishes, clean the toilet or wait in a checkout line than floss their teeth. However, dentists aren’t fooled. The healthiness of their patients’ teeth and gums indicates how often they brush and floss.

Flossing by the numbers
U.S. News and World Report recently shared research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how many Americans floss their teeth. As identified in National Health and Nutrition Examination survey data, they discovered some surprising results:

  • Flossing frequency – 30 percent reported flossing daily, 37 percent indicated doing so several times a week and 32 percent admitted to never flossing.
  • Older vs. younger – 45 percent of adults 75 and older reported never flossing, compared to 31 percent of younger adults ages 30 to 44.
  • Men vs. women – 39 percent of males said they’ve never flossed compared to 27 percent of females.
  • Income differences – 49 percent of lower income people reported not flossing compared to 28 percent of those with higher incomes.


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  • Melanie Kay ,

    I use to visit my dentist every 6 months faithfully, until dental insurance, was pretty much taken away, from the government. I use to get them cleaned, polished, exraied ECX. Until the plans were taken away. Now I can’t get any more work done. My teeth are in trunk now. I can’t find insurance that will fit into my very tight budget.

    • Melanie Kay ,

      I not only want to have healthy teeth and gums, I would like to have them pearly white and perfectly straight. I don’t want to end up having to have them pulled and have to eventually where dentures or have no teeth at all, simply because, I can’t afford to pay for them at all.

      • Ameritas Insight ,

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