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Do You Forget To Brush Your Teeth?

By: Dr. Michael's on Tuesday, 18 June 2013. Hits: 1862 7 Comments

Do You Forget To Brush Your Teeth?

How many days can you go without brushing your teeth? A lot of people would think that brushing one’s teeth falls under the category ‘basics’, yet a new report says otherwise.

In a recent study by the British Dental Health Foundation, seven million Britons admitted to not cleaning their teeth regularly, while one in every seven confessed that they would not pick up their toothbrushes for two whole days.

BDHF Chief Executive Dr Nigel Carter OBE said: “Anyone who regularly skips brushing their teeth morning or night is storing up oral health problems for the future such as tooth decay and gum disease – the biggest cause of tooth loss.”

Anyone who regularly skips brushing their teeth morning or night is storing up oral health problems for the future such as tooth decay and gum disease – the biggest cause of tooth loss.

Dr. Carter said that the last bushing of the day also coats the teeth with fluoride – the only time that fluoride is not washed away through eating or drinking. Brushing at night before we sleep protects our tooth’s surface further during sleep.

Gum disease may progress without pain, producing few obvious signs, even in its late stages. To keep our teeth healthy, it’s important to keep our oral hygiene in check. Remember to brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes using fluoride toothpaste. Regular flossing also keeps out food debris stuck in between teeth that could later on cause tooth decay.

BDHA also recommends reducing consumption of sugary foods and drinks and scheduling regular dental appointments to keep our teeth and gums healthy.

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Comments (7)

  • Claire

    Claire

    18 June 2013 at 10:35 |
    I don't think I could last a day without brushing my teeth.
  • Pete Morris

    Pete Morris

    03 July 2013 at 09:24 |
    I'm absolutely flabbergasted by the stats in that study. I sometimes can't wait to clean my teeth at night; I can't imagine how someone could go for 2 days without brushing! And that's not to mention flossing, which I assume they're not doing at all!

    I'm rather embarrassed by my fellow Brits!
    • Deann

      Deann

      03 July 2013 at 11:33 |
      Is that study even accurate? Well, we often question the truth cause it hurts most of the time.
  • Kirsty Darby

    Kirsty Darby

    20 January 2014 at 01:28 |
    It gets worse - the same study also shows that nearly half of the population (47 per cent) has admitted to regularly skipping brushing their teeth at bedtime!

    As always with surveys though, take it with a pinch of salt. Its there to gain headlines.

    "one in every seven confessed that they would not pick up their toothbrushes for two whole days." Who are the one in seven? Students, young people, elderly. I'm sure I missed a day or two when I was young and carefree. As always the devil is in the detail, which is of course missed out.

    Interesting reading though!
    • Admin

      Admin

      20 January 2014 at 15:20 |
      Thanks for sharing us your thoughts, Kirsty!
  • Elizabeth Linsley

    Elizabeth Linsley

    20 April 2014 at 21:57 |
    It's just as bad here in the US. Nearly half of American children under age 3 have never seen the dentist, according to the 2013 Delta Dental Children’s Oral Health Survey. It's an appalling indication of people's lack of knowledge in oral health that is being passed down to children. ):
  • Kelvin

    Kelvin

    08 June 2014 at 03:16 |
    Two days? Really?! Not sure I could go that long without feeling pretty horrible!

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