One in every five Britons brushes their teeth only once a day, and more than a quarter never flosses.


One in every five Britons brushes their teeth only once a day, and more than a quarter never floss.

More than one-fifth admitted to going longer than three days without brushing, and one-fifth said they only change their toothbrush every six months.

One in every five Britons admits to brushing their teeth only once a day, and over a quarter never floss.

During Britain’s various periods of lockdown, three out of ten adults, according to a poll of 2,000 adults, let their oral hygiene slip.

It was also discovered that 22% of people have gone longer than three days without brushing their teeth.

However, three-quarters of those surveyed believe things will return to normal soon, with 36% admitting that their lack of routine caused them to forget to brush as often as they should.

Another 28% said it was because they were preoccupied with other health-related issues and neglected their oral hygiene.

Nearly a quarter of people haven’t seen a dentist in the last year, and one out of every 20 people doesn’t change their toothbrush more than once every six months.

“Your mouth is a gateway to your overall health,” said Dr. Alex George, who is collaborating with Colgate Total on the (hashtag)HappyHabits campaign.

“Gum problems have been linked to a variety of health problems, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and even dementia, which is why it’s critical to include oral hygiene as part of a broader health routine.”

The study also discovered that nearly one-third of respondents (28%) were unaware that oral health problems can lead to other health problems.

However, after learning this, a quarter of the adults polled by OnePoll admit that oral hygiene will no longer be viewed as a “chore,” but rather as an important part of their overall healthcare routine.

Brits claim to brush their teeth for 93 seconds on average, but only a fifth of them brush for more than a minute.

Colgate Total conducted a survey of 45 dentists as part of its Dentist Advisory Network, and found that 82 percent of them said their patients’ oral health had deteriorated during the pandemic.

And all of the dentists polled said they’d seen an increase in common oral health problems like toothaches, abscesses, sensitivity, severe plaque build-up, gum disease, and tooth decay.

“The social factors surrounding the pandemic, such as lockdown and home-working, have led to a decline in many people’s oral health,” said London-based dentist Dr Monik Vasant.

“Most people are unaware of this.”

The news is summarized on Brinkwire.


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