Brushing at least twice a day is something of which most individuals are aware, yet many of them still overlook the simple and basic importance of flossing regularly, too. Despite being relatively cheap with many good type of floss available for about a buck, about half of people in the United States do not floss at all, the American Dental Association says. That means there are a lot of teeth going bad despite relatively good care from their owners.
At Least Three Times Per Day for Flossing
The American Dental Association advises flossing at least three times per day for the best gum a and tooth health. But the association says only about 10 percent of all people bother to floss at least three times per day. That figure is the same as the number of people who brush at least three times per day and likely represent the same groups of individuals. That would mean that the vast majority of people in the United States not only fail to floss properly but also do not brush properly each day. That could account for the Mayo Clinic saying about 85 percent of all people have some type of gum disease.
Flossing Should Be Habit-Forming
The best way to ensure people floss regularly is to teach them when young and try to make them develop the habit of flossing several times per day. With floss being incredibly affordable as well as effective, it’s silly not to do it at least three times per day after each meal and whenever feeling the need to floss. Tooth picks also work well for dislodging foot particles from between the teeth but are not fully suitable substitutes for floss. The more people floss, the better condition their teeth will be as well as their gums and overall oral health.
Do you ensure your home has plenty of floss that gets used daily?