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Despite the connection not yet fully understood by healthcare professionals, poor dental hygiene has also been linked to cases of cardiovascular disease. Research suggests that the build-up of unwanted oral bacteria and plaque can clog arteries and cause strokes, making proper dental hygiene even more critical.
These facts make it even harder to understand the concerning truths revealed by a National Smile Month 2022 oral hygiene survey on dental hygiene habits across the UK.
How often do people brush their teeth?
In an astonishing discovery, the survey uncovered that 39% of 25-34-year-olds brush their teeth less than once a week. To prevent gum disease and tooth decay, it is essential to brush your teeth at least twice a day - once in the morning and once at night.
Brushing ensures the removal of left-over food particles, nasty bacteria, and plaque build-up that attacks tooth enamel and can lead to many serious health problems.
Over 30% of respondents also admitted to forgetting to brush their teeth. Although it can be easy to forget occasionally, it’s critical to brush twice a day - no matter how tired you are!
Have you ever wondered which generation has the best dental health? The survey showed millennials are squeaky clean when brushing their teeth, with 63% stating that they brush their teeth over three times a day! This means they’re 12% less likely to develop atrial fibrillation and have a 10% lower risk of heart failure.
Do people share their toothbrushes with others?
28% of survey respondents said that they have shared their toothbrushes with someone else at least once before.
Dental professionals advise against sharing toothbrushes, as they’re breeding grounds for food particles and harmful bacteria. For the same reason, it’s important to replace your toothbrush every three months to avoid harbouring any decay-causing nasties.
How often do people use mouthwash?
Shockingly, 36% of 35-44-year-olds surveyed admitted they have never used mouthwash. While mouthwash is not always needed, it’s a good idea to use it.
Mouthwash provides your mouth with a minty-fresh, clean feeling that will assure you that your teeth are sparkling and your breath is smelling good. It will also eradicate any left-over bacteria that might still hang around after brushing, which helps to reduce plaque formation.
Keep in mind that mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing and flossing, but an added step that can benefit your oral hygiene in the long run. Healthcare professionals suggest using it twice per day after brushing and flossing to maintain the best possible dental health.
How often do people go to the dentist?
Just under half of all 25-34-year-olds visit the dentist over four times per year. The recommended number of dentist visits is two times annually, so it’s positive to see this age group going above and beyond to ensure their dental health is in tip-top shape!
Frequent trips to the dentist allow for a professional to access the state of your dental health. With their expertise, dentists can spot and quickly halt the progression of tooth decay or gum disease, administer fillings or root canals where necessary, and prevent other oral issues before they materialise.
How often do people see a dental hygienist?
33% of survey respondents revealed that they have not yet registered with a dental hygienist, which is concerning to healthcare professionals.
A dental hygienist acts as a gatekeeper to the world of oral health. Essentially, they navigate the mouth regularly when cleaning the teeth - so they’re able to locate troublesome spots before they turn into cavities. They can also advise their patients on the best diet to avoid further tooth decay.
However, dental hygienists can be expensive - with treatments ranging from £20 - £300 depending on the length and complexity of the procedure. As we’re amid the cost-of-living crisis, it’s not surprising that the price of these sessions can be off-putting for the public which could be a driving force why over a third of the population are not registered with a hygienist.
The bottom line
Overall, the survey conducted by Hive showed some shocking statistics about the UK’s dental habits. It is essential to keep your teeth squeaky clean by brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, frequently using mouthwash, and visiting the dentist twice a year to keep gum disease and cavities at bay.
It’s impossible to live and maintain and healthy lifestyle without taking dental health into account - so, don’t overlook it!
UK dental accountants, Hive Business, created this oral hygiene survey.