Statistics shared by the American Dental Association (ADA) reveal some surprising details on how Americans as a whole view the importance of flossing their teeth regularly. It reported:
- 50.5 % of Americans floss daily
- 31% of Americans floss less than daily
- 18.5% of Americans do not floss at all
The ADA recommends cleaning between your teeth with floss or another interdental cleaner once a day. Therefore, the above statistics highlight that almost one in every two (49.5%) American smiles are missing out on this all-important step for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Which of the three above categories do your flossing habits fall into?
To Floss or Not To Floss
Do you skip flossing because you feel you don’t have the time, are too tired, or simply don’t view flossing as important? Perhaps you justify your lack of flossing by claiming “I already brush my teeth regularly.” The fact that you are diligent in brushing your teeth twice a day is indeed a practice worthy of commendation. Yet, without flossing, your teeth are still missing out on the protective care they need.
Brushing Not Enough
Every time you brush, you clean the top, inside, and outside of each tooth. There are areas between your teeth, though, that your toothbrush can’t clean effectively. Therefore, without flossing you’re actually missing out on cleaning one-third of each pearly white.
Complete The Job
You would not be satisfied with a worker who only completed two-thirds of the work you hired him to do, would you? Then, why should you be content with cleaning only 66% of your tooth surface by brushing alone?
Bacteria can thrive along these unattended surfaces, and over time lead to the formation of plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease. Floss and other interdental cleaners remove debris trapped between the teeth, and remove the film of bacteria before it has a chance to harden into plaque. Pro Tip: Don’t forget to floss all the way to your very back teeth.
Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are all essential factors of proper dental care that should not be overlooked. Take the time to care for your teeth, and they will thank you with a sparkling, healthy smile you are proud of. Contact us today to meet our dentist in Highlands Ranch and to learn more about how we can give your smile the boost it needs to take it to the next level.
Do you think most people realize how much their teeth are missing out on by neglecting to floss?