ATLANTA (CBS) – When the dental hygienist asks “Have you been flossing?” – what do you say?

It turns out a lot of Americans aren’t picking up the floss, according to new survey data from the Centers For Disease Control.

Only about 31.5 percent of those asked said they flossed every day in the past week. On top of that, nearly one-third of adults told researchers that they never floss.

Even though your fellow Americans might not be frequently flossers, the CDC says flossing every day can remove bacteria that causes gum disease and reduces dental plaque.

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