Survey Reveals Shortcomings in Oral Health Habits
According to a survey recently released by Delta Dental, almost seven out of every 10 people in the US brush their teeth twice a day. However, it is alarming that more than 30 percent of Americans are not brushing enough.
It is common for most people to brush twice a day, once in the morning and once at bedtime. The survey revealed the average brushing time to be one minute fifty-two seconds. The American Dental Association recommends two minutes.
It was found that, on average, African-Americans brush longer than do other Americans, and that younger adults, ranging in age from 18 to 24, spend about 16 seconds longer with their toothbrushes than do adults.
The survey also shows 23 percent of Americans going longer than two days without picking up a toothbrush, with 37 percent of younger adults fitting into this group.
Flossing habits need the most work with only four out of 10 of people flossing once per day and 20 percent never flossing. The study shows a strong correlation between flossing and good oral health.