New study finds 1 in 3 Americans fail to floss

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New Study Finds One In Three Americans Fail To Floss

Dentists often suggest flossing as a highly effective way to avoid tooth loss and gum disease, but it appears many Americans choose to ignore that advice, reports U.S. News.

According to a recent study, about 32% of adults in the U.S. never floss, and just over 37% admitted that while they do, they fall short of recommended daily cleaning.


Those statistics were taken from about 9,000 responses to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

The lead author of the study, Dr. Duong T. Nguyen of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, believes education about the importance of the practice is falling short.

He suggests primary care physicians join dentists in the fight for regular flossing by broaching a discussion about it with their patients.

Said Nguyen, "Repetition is the key to mastering. If you hear it more and hear it from different places, maybe it will stick a little more."

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Tooth Decay, X-Ray, Alveolar X-Ray, Molar Cavity. (Photo By BSIP/UIG via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 02: A patient has his teeth examined at B Dental in London, U.K., on Friday, May 2, 2008. A shortage of U.K. health-service dentists is leading to more rotting teeth as only 49 percent of adults and 63 percent of children are registered for care, the New York Times reported. (Photo by Suzanne Plunkett/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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