Britons Find Bad Breath More Concerning Than Overall Dental Health

March 25, 2017 by Dr Rahul Doshi

Dental Health

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Most people are aware of the importance of oral hygiene for our overall health, but a recent survey carried out suggests that one in six Britons fail to take basic care of their teeth by skipping brushing, Female First reported.

More than half of those that skipped brushing said they simply forgot to do it and resorted to other means to freshen their breath, such as using mouthwash or chewing gum.

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Even more worryingly, as many as 28% stated that they did not brush their teeth because they “couldn’t be bothered,” and close to two in three of those surveyed also claimed they were not self-conscious about it, the survey found.

Peter Gregg, director of, said that one of the `most interesting findings in the study was the fact that people were not worried about the dental health problems associated with poor dental care, but about how other people would perceive their bad breath. A large proportion of those who skip brushing say others have commented on their bad breath.

While the occasional lapse in regular teeth brushing is not very likely to lead to any problems if proper care is taken in general, persistently ignoring oral hygiene can have serious consequences, experts warn.

Apart from developing dental cavities, poor dental care could also result in gum disease, which is a contributing factor for the development of a series of health complications – including heart disease.

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