Fourteen percent of adults would rather clean the toilet. Nine percent would rather sit in gridlock traffic for an hour. And 7 percent would rather listen to small children crying on a plane.

This according to a survey (results shown above courtesy of American Academy of Periodontology) completed on behalf of the AAP and released this week on

The most non-startling figure ( at least according to  Dr. Joan Otomo-Corgel, a periodontist and president of the AAP: 27 percent of adults lie to their dentists about how often they floss their teeth.

When contacted with survey findings, she said: “Is that all?”, according to an article on

She’s not the only oral health professional who thinks many patients are fibbing when they say they’re flossing. “I am shocked,” says Dr. Sally Cram, a periodontist and spokesperson for the American Dental Association, via email. “Given my experience with patients in my practice I thought it would be higher!”

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