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The Best (and Worst) Cities for Flossing

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Dentek began a consumer opinion survey to study the flossing habits in America's biggest cities. Their recent "Look Who?s Flossing" survey showed that Los Angeles ranked number one as the Best City for Flossing. Nearly 45 percent of those surveyed said they flossed at least once a day.

Floss courtesy The New York Times

Rounding out the top 5 cities were Boston (#2), Detroit (#3), Miami/Ft. Lauderdale (#4), and Atlanta (#5).

On the other hand, the Worst Cities for Flossing included Cleveland (#1), Seattle/Tacoma (#2), Dallas/Ft. Worth (#3), San Francisco/San Jose (#4), and Chicago (#5).

In their survey, Dentek also found that 35 percent of those surveyed were frequent flossers.

The top reasons that people floss? 37 percent said for overall health; 25 percent said because it was recommended by a dentist or hygienist; 19 percent said to protect dental investments.

A startling statistic was that 1 in 10 surveyed reported never flossing. When asked what the biggest reason for not flossing was, 27 percent said they just don't think about it.

Flossing is an integral part of the oral hygiene routine. For a quick How-To Guide, check out ADA's How To Floss.

Photo courtesy: The New York Times

Monica Barudin is an Assistant Editor for Dental Product Shopper and Hygiene Product Shopper.

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