Statistics on Brushing, Flossing and Oral Health

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We here at Sun Valley Dentistry are always telling you to brush your teeth, floss, and maintain your oral health but today we are going to back up our suggestions with some cold hard facts.

Here are some statistics from the American Dental Association taken from 2013.

Teeth Brushing Statistics Data
Percent of women who brush their teeth after every meal 28.7 %
Percent of men who brush their teeth after every meal 20.5 %
Percent of women who brush their teeth twice a day 56.8 %
Percent of men who brush their teeth twice a day 49 %
Percent of women who have a dentist 89.2 %
Percent of men who have a dentist 74.6 %
Dental Flossing Statistics  
Percent of Americans who floss daily 50.5 %
Percent of Americans who floss less than daily 31 %
Percent of Americans who do not floss at all 18.5 %


Oral Health Statistics Age Male Female
Percent with untreated dental decay 35-44 29% 25%
Percent who have never had a permanent tooth extracted 35-44 30% 32%
Percent of elderly who have had all of their natural teeth extracted. 65-74 24% 27%
Percentage of people with Gingivitis 35-44 52% 45%
Proportion of Oral and Pharyngeal Cancers detected at the earliest stage 34% 39%
Percent who had a oral cancer examination in the past 12 months 40 + 10% 9%


For more information about people in your age group visit the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research’s website. This site gives up-to-date statistics about various oral health maladies including tooth decay, tooth loss, gum disease, oral cancer, and others.

Regardless of what you may be suffering from it is important to visit your dentist at least twice a year, brush twice a day and always remember to floss!

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