Recent statistics on adults who floss on a daily basis are just slightly more than 50%. With only half of Americans flossing daily, it nearly parallels the averaged percentage of men and women who brush their teeth twice a day. Only 57% of women brush twice daily with only 49% of men brushing twice daily.
Tooth brushing should last for two minutes and done twice each day. Daily flossing takes around a minute once you are in the habit and comfortable with the technique. These measures help you to avoid cavities and the development of gingivitis. Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal (gum) disease. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that nearly 53% of American adults over age 20 have gingivitis.
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums. This begins when bacteria multiply and create a sticky film on oral surfaces, which hardens into plaque if not removed on a daily basis. Signs of gingivitis include gums that bleed when brushing, are sore and become red in color. If allowed to progress, gingivitis develops into periodontal disease, which is the nation’s leading cause of tooth loss.
Sadly, 24% of adult males in America between the ages of 65 – 74 have had all their natural teeth extracted with females slightly higher, at 27%. These are sad statistics in a country where dental care is plentiful. Yet, as statistics show, it’s not a priority for far too many.
If you suspect any form of periodontal disease, call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles. Gum disease will only worsen without treatment and require more time and expense to treat.