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Survey shows that not everyone is brushing and flossing
Updated: 4/10/2012 6:59:59 PM

Survey shows that not everyone is brushing and flossing  

Many individuals do not pay close enough attention to their dental health, which may result in them experiencing a number of problems that can range from tooth decay to a heart attack. Recently, a survey by the British Dental Health Foundation examined the oral habits of UK residents. Although the study was conducted on people in England, they shed light on how the average person cares for their teeth.

The researchers found that nearly 59 percent of women and 35 percent of men regularly skip brushing their teeth at bedtime. Furthermore, only 21 percent of people reported that they regularly use dental floss and only 26 percent use an electric toothbrush. Skipping on brushing and flossing can cause leftover food particles to wear away at tooth enamel and cause dental health problems.

The scientists mentioned a study conducted in the U.S., which found that most people spend about 45 seconds brushing their teeth, which is well-below the recommended two minutes.

These findings highlight the need for worldwide campaigns that explain the importance of regular brushing, flossing and visits to the dentist, all of which can improve oral health. 

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