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Nearly a third of people forget about brushing their teeth, while nearly one in four of those aged between 25 and 34 do so less often than once a week, according to a new survey

19 August, 2022
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 Scottish Dental  

Nearly a third of people forget about brushing their teeth, while nearly one in four – 39 per cent – of those aged between 25 and 34 do so less often than once a week, according to a new survey

The oral hygiene study, by UK-based specialist dental accountancy firm Hive Business, was conducted as part of National Smile Month. It shows the message about the importance of daily brushing is not getting through as much as it should.

Another alarming finding from the report is that 36 per cent of people in the older 35 to 44 age group admit to never using mouthwash.

Toothbrush sharing is also relatively common, with more than a quarter of respondents admitting that they do this on a daily basis, so risking the spread of gum disease.

Hayley Robins, the Accountancy Director at Hive, said: “There are some shocking statistics found within the responses to this survey.

“With 39 per cent of 25-34-year-olds brushing their teeth less than once a week, there is no wonder that there is such a high demand for dental services in the UK.

“The research detailed within this blog is extremely insightful and should most certainly be made common knowledge to the population if dental hygiene and general health is going to be improved upon.”

One in three of those surveyed also said they were not registered with a dental hygienist.

At the other end of the oral hygiene scale, some 63 per cent of millennials said they brushed their teeth at least three times a day.

Interestingly, they apparently have a 12 per cent lower risk of heart failure and a 10 per cent lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation.Nearly a third of people forget about brushing their teeth, while nearly one in four of those aged between 25 and 34 do so less often than once a week, according to a new survey

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