"Now, take your big ass home and brush that tooth." -- Richard Pryor in Harlem Nights.
DenTek makes flossing devices, so it isn't really surprising they would commission a survey about it, but what is interesting about this particular survey is where Texas ended up on the list. And the news is probably making four out of five dentists weep across the state.
According to the survey, Houston is the eighth-worst city in the nation for flossing and Dallas ranks number three. Only 28 percent of those surveyed in Houston report flossing at least once per day as compared with 34 percent nationwide. Of those surveyed here, 15 percent said they use mouthwash instead.
I'm not a big floss-o-phile or anything, but that does seem a fairly low number outside of West Virginia.
Not surprisingly, Los Angeles ranked number one on the best cities for flossing list. That top five also included Boston and Miami. But the list also had Atlanta and Detroit (?) on it, while cities like Seattle and San Francisco made the worst list. Something smells fishy around here and it's not just our breath.
I'm no expert, but it seems to me that San Francisco and Seattle have some clean-tooth-sporting people. I guess I could see Cleveland as the worst city in America and Dallas and Houston in the top 10, but this may be the first time in history Detroit made the best list of anything while San Francisco made the worst list, unless the best list included "best murderers" or "best burnt-out hulls of cars left on the street after Devil's Night."
As for us, we need to get on it. Flossing is monumentally easy and good for you. Plus, you don't end up looking like this dude (NSFW, language).
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