A fifth of Britons admit they only brush their teeth once a day – and more than a quarter never floss.
A survey of 2,000 adults found that three in 10 let their dental maintenance slip through various periods of UK shutdown – but three-quarters of these spontaneously. believe they will be back to normal soon.
And 36% said a lack of routine means they forget to brush their coat regularly.
Another 28% blamed that they had other health-related issues on their mind, so their oral health wasn’t a priority.
Nearly a quarter haven’t seen a dentist in the past year – and one in 20 typically doesn’t change their toothbrush more often than every six months.
It also showed that 22% even went more than three days without brushing at all.
Dr. Alex George, who is working with Colgate Total for #HappyHabits Campaign, says: “Your mouth is a gateway to your overall health.
“Problems like gum problems are linked to health problems including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and even dementia, which is why it’s important to take care of yourself.” Taking care of your teeth as part of a broader health routine is important.”
The study also found that nearly 3 in 10 respondents (28%) were unaware that oral conditions could lead to broader health complications.
But after learning this, a quarter of the adults polled via OnePoll admitted that they would no longer see dental care as a ‘chore’ and an important step. in their overall health care routine.
On average, Britons claim to brush their teeth 93 seconds each time – but a fifth isn’t as long as a minute.
The findings come after a study of 45 Colgate Total dentists in their Dentist Advice Network also found that 82 per cent think their patients’ oral health has declined during the pandemic.
And all the dentists surveyed reported seeing an increase in widespread oral health problems including toothaches, tooth abscesses, sensitivity, severe plaque buildup, gum disease and tooth decay.
Dr Monik Vasant, a dentist based in London, said: “Social factors surrounding the pandemic such as lip-locking and housework have led to a decline in the oral health of many people.
“People don’t realize that not brushing twice a day, even for just two weeks, can lead to a build-up of plaque that can have long-term effects, and we’re seeing this happen with an increase patient increase. with gum disease and tooth decay.
“To restore your oral health, we encourage people to simply brush twice a day for 2 minutes, change their toothbrush or brush head every three months, and clean between their teeth.
“Also, use a fluoride toothpaste with antibacterial ingredients to care for the entire mouth, not just the teeth.”
“A healthy body starts with a healthy mouth and an increasing understanding of this is essential to encourage a return to better oral hygiene habits.
“Good oral health starts at home, not in the dentist’s chair.”
Watch Dr. Alex George chat with Dr. Monik Vasant here.
https://www.thesun.ie/health/8181747/brushing-teeth-properly-diabetes-dementia/ Not brushing teeth properly can lead to diabetes and dementia, doctor warns