One of the quirks that Americans have about British people is that they think we have bad personal hygiene. A lot of British people laugh and think that it’s just a joke, and that there’s actually no factual basis to this information, but a recent 2013 survey by the British Dental Health Foundation – amongst other information – might show the stereotype to be truer than we’d like to acknowledge.
According to the aforementioned survey, apparently seven million Brits don’t brush their teeth on a regular basis, with some not brushing for at least two days. On top of this horrific fact, up to twenty-one percent of Brits also don’t floss regularly. These statistics show that the oral hygiene of the British public has not improved since the last time the survey was taken in 2011 – where twenty eight per cent of people admitted to not brushing their teeth every day, and one in seven admitted to going two days without cleaning their teeth.
These statistics should be quite shocking, as brushing your teeth should be part of your daily hygiene routine. A quote from the Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, says ‘what surprises me the most is that some of these things are basic hygiene tasks’, reflecting the shocking nature of the research findings. So what does that mean for us?
Creating a Routine
The one piece of advice that dental experts would give relating to this problem would be to create a culture of hygiene in the home. Ensure that you do visit the dentist and that you encourage everybody at home to brush their teeth twice a day.
If you don’t enjoy the experience of going to the dentist, try to get over your fear by finding a good family dentist who you can keep going back to. Returning to the same dentist who you can build up a friendship with is most definitely a good way of getting past your fear of the dentist, so give it a try.
If you’re one of the people who maybe doesn’t brush their teeth as much as they probably should, you could reverse some of the damage by having laser teeth whitening treatment at a surgery.
So let’s not let the Americans have their stereotype. We can improve our hygiene and work off the typecast at the same time.
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