One-fourth of Americans Lie About Flossing
A nationwide survey from the American Academy of Periodontology found that one-fourth of Americans lie to their dentists about flossing. The online survey included 2,021 U.S. adults in the 10 largest cities in the country and was conducted the past March.
The survey also found 36 percent of people said they found the act of flossing less desirable than such activities as listening to nails on a chalkboard or children crying on a bus or plane. Instead of flossing, the survey results showed 18 percent of people would rather wash a sink of dirty dishes, 14 percent would rather clean a toilet and another 14 percent would wait in a long checkout line. Other undesirable tasks people listed they’d rather do besides floss included working on their taxes, or as seen by Chicago residents, sitting in an hour of gridlock traffic.
When examining the results by city, researchers found those in Atlanta were the most likely to be honest to their dentist about their flossing habits, and thzat people in New York would be more likely to floss once a day. The survey also found that 88 percent of Americans said they would save a friend from embarrassment by telling them they had something stuck in their teeth.