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Why People Give up on Flossing [Survey Stats Infographic]

Published by Petya Ivanova on

45% point out NO TIME is the main reason to stop flossing



For a lot of people to make flossing a habit that will stick for good might feel like a New Year resolution that starts with good intentions but fades away quickly. DentaVox survey on flossing habits revealed that this is the case for more than one-third of respondents who used to floss regularly but stopped. Lack of time is cited as the most common motive to exclude flossing from oral hygiene routines. It could be argued whether ‘no time’ is a valid argument or just an excuse, especially considering how frequently they used to floss. Only 13% of respondents cleaned spaces between teeth with floss after every meal, and for 36% of them, it was not a daily habit. Furthermore, the survey results indicate that issues encountered during routines are quite unlikely to have discouraged flossing quitters as 43% of them did not report any problems.


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Majority of flossing quitters used to do it every day


31% of survey participants admit they used to floss regularly but dropped this habit. For 64% of them, regular was at least once a day and the majority of them used to floss in the morning and in the evening. In contrast, 36% of people who gave up on flossing practiced it occasionally, 2-3 times a week.


Lack of time and other reasons to toss flossing


Тhe majority of respondents claim that they stopped flossing due to lack of time. Time considerations emerge in other studies, as well. For example, according to a survey conducted in the United States, 55% of respondents reported that they do not floss regularly because it is too time-consuming.

Surprisingly, just 14% of DentaVox survey respondents found it ineffective and it was too difficult for only 12%. One in five respondents believed it could damage their teeth, gums or dental work, and this consideration is reflected in pinpointing gum damage as the most common issue experienced.


Encountered Problems while flossing


The majority of people who stopped flossing – 64% did not report any issues encountered during routines. Amongst the flossing quitters who experienced discomfort, one in three reported gum damage as the most common complication. However, as asserted by dental specialists, pink in the sink while flossing is often a symptom of gingivitis and not an injury to the gums, caused by the floss. In view of this consideration, future research could look into more details in how people with gum disease approach flossing and whether irritated or bleeding gums discourage them to perform it routinely.


The survey provides interesting insights into the habits and motives of people who gave up on flossing. While there is a lot of other studies on whether people floss and how regularly, as wells as a heated debate in media if it is really worth it, the reasons for giving up are not so widely tackled so far.  We hope that the results of this survey will give an impetus for further research on the topic.

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