25 % of US Adults don't brush and floss daily....

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25 % of US Adults don't brush and floss daily....
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Mon, 03-12-2012 - 10:19am

According to Health Day news, a new survey shows that only 12% of Americans practice healthy habits like exercise, eating right and brushing and flossing their teeth daily:

"Lack of time seems to be the key reason why only 12 percent of American adults regularly practice such healthy habits as eating right, exercising, and brushing and flossing their teeth, according to an American Heart Association (AHA) survey.

The survey found that 80 percent of respondents said they struggled to eat at least nine servings of fruit and vegetables a day, and about 60 percent said it was difficult to get the recommended levels of exercise -- at least 150 minutes a week of moderate activity such as brisk walking.

The survey also found that 25 percent of respondents don't brush and rinse twice a day or floss at least once a day, as recommended." READ MORE

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Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003

reason = verbalized excuse for not making it a priority

Did you know that many people who even get their meds for free do not take them every day?

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Registered: 04-18-2001
As I've found with organising and adding a few good habits into my days, you have to make the time and then it'll be part of the routine. You'll wonder why you thought you didn't have the time before! It really only takes a few minutes to brush and floss. I'm sure we can trim those minutes off our email checking and Facebook time - we can't be *that* busy! ;)

Exercise does take time, but I've been hearing that if we break it up into smaller increments, it's still beneficial. So take ten minutes here and there for some strength and cardio. Go for a walk during lunch break at work. (Or for me, take the kids around the neighbourhood before or after lunch to get some fresh air. It's just as fun for them as playing inside with their toys and also provides variety in our day.)

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Registered: 04-05-2002

I'm such a fanatic about this. I told the doctor the only time, since I was 16 that I didn't brush and floss at night is when I had a forced layover due to a storm, got the hotel past midnight with nothing and all they could scrounge up for me was a toothbrush. I was thankful.






Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003

Ah, Becca, you have such a wonderful, optimistic outlook!

Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003

You are so good, Jean!

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002

The sad thing is I have so many problems w/ my teeth... It makes me wonder what kinds of problems I'd have if I didn't take such meticulous care of them!






Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008

Same here! I am meticulous about my teeth anymore (re: our other dental discussions) and I still have many issues. I have cut hard candy and chips (I'm a chip-a-holic) out of my diet to spare my teeth even and I can only imagine what they'd be like or if I would still have teeth if I wasn't careful.

Karla
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Registered: 04-07-2008

It is interesting most of us are willing to take for no real reason other than I guess we just don't care at that particular

Karla
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Registered: 01-03-2001

Having just had a dental check-up --- I do wonder. How can it be that hard to brush and floss. It's part of my morning routine and I'm pretty simplistic about my mroning routine!



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Registered: 04-05-2002

Because bacon tastes so good!!!!






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