A recent study of 5,000 Americans revealed that only 30% of them floss daily and nearly a third of Americans never floss at all.  The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHNES), conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), also indicated that flossing habits varied greatly by gender, age and race.   Men were more likely than women to avoid flossing altogether while older Americans also reported higher percentages of non-flossing than those aged 30-44.

According to U.S. News and World Report, this is the first time serious research has been completed on how frequently Americans floss but dentists anticipate this data will provide them an important baseline for future research.   The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) recommends daily flossing in order to prevent gum disease: 

                                Flossing at least once a day helps remove food particles and plaque between teeth and along the gum line that your toothbrush can’t quite reach. - AAP

The full article can be found at U.S. News and World Report.