HR Strange But True!
March 15, 2007

The number of men who brush or floss their teeth at work is about equal to the number of women who think doing either in the workplace is impolite, according to a survey released by an insurer.

The survey, which was conducted on behalf of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America by Opinion Research Corporation, asked 508 men and 515 women about their workplace brushing and flossing habits and opinions.

The survey found that women are less likely to brush their teeth at work and more likely to find it rude to do so. Twenty-six percent of women said they brush their teeth at work, and 22 percent of women said they floss at work. Forty percent of women said it was impolite to do either at work.

By comparison, forty percent of men said they either brush or floss their teeth at work. Slightly more men said they brush their teeth at work than said they floss at work.

Does this mean men take care of their teeth better than women do? Well, women visit dentists more frequently than men, according to the survey. Seventy-three percent of women said they visit the dentist at least once a year, compared with 66 percent of the men.

Source: Guardian Life Insurance Company

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