According to a new poll from marketing research company ICM, good health is one of the key factors that make Britons happy. Yet despite knowing how crucial good health is, many ignore taking the best care of their oral health.
The survey polled more than 2,000 respondents and found that one in ten Britons was only concerned about their oral health when visiting a dentist. A further 27% only thought about their oral health occasionally, the poll revealed.
Even more strikingly, one in four women admitted spending more money on skincare and bathing products than on toothpastes and mouthwashes. This shows, alarmingly, that a significant number of people are not taking oral health care seriously enough, which could eventually lead to more serious problems.
As a confirmation to this statement, the study also showed that around 11 million people have not seen a dentist in the past two years. Meanwhile, a recent study from Oral-B found that less than half of Britons were cleaning their teeth properly.
Despite the fact that these statistics do not reveal the actual state of people’s teeth and gums, they are a cause for concern, experts commented.
The message about the importance of oral healthcare starts not just as the dental practice but when children are young. Dentists visiting schools and nurseries and educating the children and parents with oral hygiene demonstrations can only increased the importance of oral health. This will have the effect of reduced dental care for the population in the future.