Fibbing about flossing; but who pays for it in the end?
A recent survey by the American Academy of Periodontology, reports that 27% of dental patients admitted lying to their dentist about how often they floss their teeth.
The dislike of carrying out inter-dental work ran so deeply for some that a third of these said they would rather do unpleasant jobs such as cleaning the toilet than carrying out flossing!
“There’s clearly more work to be done when it comes to educating Americans about the importance of oral hygiene,” AAP President Joan Otomo-Corgel, DDS, MPH, said in a press release.
As cleaning using an ordinary tooth brush will only clean 60% of the tooth surface the ID cleaning routine is imperative for good oral health maintenance.
The sticky layer of bio-film where the bacteria live needs regular disruption twice a day, once before going to sleep and at one other time of day. If this is not done then the result can be erosion of enamel, inflammation of the gums and bone recession leading to loss of teeth and implants.
More recent studies have shown that the link between gum disease and other age-related illnesses such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes which make developing good habits for life even more imperative.