Make sure you keep your patients informed about oral health. The BDHF released some interesting facts about oral health in Britain to make people more aware of their oral health.
74% of all British adults have had a tooth removed
That works out to more than 60 million adults who have lost a tooth, this can be changed with regular visits to the dentist.
27% only visit their dentist when they have a problem
More than half of us have admitted that we wished we had care for our teeth better and prevention is almost always better than cure.
50% of Brits are unhappy with their smile
A BDHF survey found discoloured/crooked teeth are the biggest reason we are unhappy with their smile, 1/3 said a good smile is the most important attribute in attractiveness.
10% would cut oral care items from their shopping to save money
Keeping your smile maintained is relatively cheap with a tube of fluoride toothpaste and a toothbrush, compared to ongoing dental costs and painful treatments later in life.
1/3 of children are starting school with visible signs of tooth decay
If something is not done this figure will continue to grow.
‘Healthy’ alternatives are not always what they claim to be
These can be as damaging to teeth as sugary soft drinks. Some fruit juices, while 1 of your 5 a day, can contain more sugar than the same amount of fizzy drink.
Brits do not have the worst teeth globally
Research shows 92% of American adults show signs of tooth decay – 28% in England.
2/3 believe their teeth affect their prospects at work
Many people feel employers will overlook them for promotion if they have poor oral health.
14% of people are frightened to visit the dentist
Trips to the dentist ranked top in a poll on what make people nervous, this was more popular than heights and nearly 10 times as many compared to the doctor.
UK tooth whitening market is worth an estimated £40 million
This industry has soared in recent years as more people desire the ‘perfect smile’.
Only qualified professionals can legally whiten teeth
It is illegal for anyone other than a dental professional to perform tooth whitening.
Women smile more than men
In general women actually smile more than men with studies showing this starts from when they are babies.
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