New survey reveals a third of Brits only brush once a day
A new YouGov poll suggests that 3 out of 10 Brits brush their teeth once a day, despite advice from dentists to clean the teeth twice a day.
In light of the survey results, dentists are offering tips to help you improve your brushing skills and lower the risk of dental health issues. Dr Toby Edwards-Lunn and Dr Mike Heffernan have shared some ideas for better brushing in the press to encourage people to take better care of their teeth and gums.
One question often asked of the dental duo is whether it’s better to brush with a manual or an electric brush. When quizzed about this matter, the dentists claim that there is ‘no contest’ and advise patients to invest in an electric brush. Studies show that electric toothbrushes remove plaque much more effectively than manual brushes and you don’t need to spend a fortune to get results. Even the most basic models do a far superior job to a standard brush.
The dentists also encourage patients to check the active ingredients in their toothpaste, urging adults to look at fluoride content and adopt caution when using whitening products. Usually, there is very little clinical evidence to back up claims that using specific toothpastes can actually make your teeth whiter.
The dental professionals also said that it was common for people to miss parts of the mouth when brushing and encouraged patients to follow a pattern of cleaning, which ensured that every section was covered meticulously. Many people don’t do a thorough job and using a timer can help to ensure that you cover more ground. Many electric toothbrushes have inbuilt timers, but if you don’t have one, you could always use your phone.
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