While most people know to brush their teeth at least twice per day and preferably after every meal, many people ignore the many benefits of flossing regularly, which many dentists say is even more important that brushing. Floss is very affordable with many good varieties available for no more than $1 or $2, but only about half of all people floss so much as one time each day, according to the American Dental Association. And only about one in 10 people bother to floss as often as three times per day despite the ease and short time it takes to properly floss teeth.
Flossing Provides Many Benefits
When people floss regularly, their susceptibility to gum disease is much less than those who don’t. But with about 85 percent of people in the United States being afflicted with some type of gum disease, according to medical researchers at the Mayo Clinic, too many clearly eschew the obvious and proven benefits of using floss to keep their teeth clean and free of food particles and other matter that deteriorates and causes gum disease. Children in particular can be susceptible to gum disease when their parents do not properly teach them how to floss as well as brush their teeth.
Millions of Dollars Spent Annually on Floss Is Not Enough
On average, consumers in the United States spend more than $200 million dollars per year on floss. But when only about half of all people actually bother to floss their teeth on a daily basis in a nation with a population exceeding 300 million, the annual total is not as high as it should be. If only half the people bother to floss and pay $1 or $2 for a package of floss, that does not leave much floss for people to use on their teeth each year. And when factoring in that about 10 percent of the population floss at least three times per day, most people in fact do not floss nearly enough.
If you don’t floss at least once per day, do you experience bleeding gums or other signs of gum disease?