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

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Registered: 01-03-2001
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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iVillage Member
Registered: 08-16-2006

Holy moly no novocain at all?!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 08-16-2006

I hate everything about the dentist too; the smell, taste, sound and the feeling of the tools on my teeth..ugh!

I also have a hard time getting numb.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 08-16-2006

That is horrible!

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Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002

Well, really outside the gyn, I can't imagine a doctor people would rather see less of than the dentist.






Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003

The office staff said that the dentist was trained that way, although my guess is that he was trained to be stern, but his execution was aggressive and mean.

Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003

Thanks for sharing that information.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
I have to say that although I brush my teeth every day, I never floss...it makes me actually feel faint to do it. I have my teeth cleaned four times a year, and the hygienist knows that it takes every thing I have to let her floss my teeth. My teeth are not great, but my parents paid for dental care when there was no money to do so, and I feel like it is an obligation for me to keep up with dental checkups. All of my molars have crowns, and I have had root canals both preventive and emergency. I had a terrible trust experience with a dentist when I was in first grade - he told me he wasn't going to pull a tooth and then did - and he was a 'children's' dentist. His waiting room was like a playroom. But I hated that he lied to me. This is the only time in my life that I can remember my father intervening against my mother- taking me to his dentist, where (even though I was six) I was treated like an adult. For the next few years, I went to the dentist with my dad, and because him doing anything to care for us was rare (it was the 60's, mothers took care of kids, fathers worked). Those times were special. I remember one time driving when the trees were encrusted with snow and ice and him remarking on how pretty it was...later we went to a dentist we could walk to after school - it seemed like everyone we knew went to him,, and I know he was kind when the bills were paid late. I went to him for a really long time after I moved away from home, until he started preparing to retire and took a partner. I then found a woman dentist and I loved her too...the office was all women staffed and it was a gab festival to go there. She gave up her practice, and I switched to another woman, but in partnership with a male dentist. It seemed every time I needed work, she was on maternity leave, so I went to him, and he is really nice too. So even though I have bad teeth, I have had good dentists. But I never floss, actually really dislike to brush my teeth, and cannot watch other people brush theirs. It takes all kinds to make the world go round.... SJ
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002

I agree.






iVillage Member
Registered: 09-02-2003

Well I don't buy the "I don't have time excuse", this is the picture I posted for our weekly monday post:

I do think that unless it's fatal, painful, or really hits you in the wallet, people just don't pay attention to health concerns that attack gradually. Maybe if after not flossing for three days your teeth fell out you'd pay more attention. But gum disease happens gradually. And if you only see your dentist once a year you might not pay attention. I know I floss on a semi-regular basis, but definitely don't do it ever day!

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001

Dental anxiety --- I have the same. I think MINE is due to the fact that I'm old enough to remember dental work pre-novocaine! And there's something Pavlovian about the sound of a drill and that smell of burning enamel that takes me right back, novocaine or not! I

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