Not Second Nature After All: 4 in 10 Britons Do Not Brush Their Teeth

Brushing TeethBrushing — it is something we suppose everyone does first thing in the morning and before sleeping. After all, such an important part of proper hygiene should already be second nature to all.

Recent shocking figures, however, revealed that 24 million — or 4 in 10 — Britons admit that they do not brush their teeth at all. This is according to a study by White Glo, a manufacturer of whitening toothpaste and whitening systems.

Worst Offenders and More Study Details

The study also revealed that the worst offenders are London, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the best areas are the South East, North East and East Anglia. On the Brit’s feelings about their teeth, the study revealed that a quarter of the participants are embarrassed by their smile. About 41% of them say they feel too conscious to smile for a photograph.

The researchers also found out that most of the non-brushers are those aged 26 to 34; half of them are not cleaning every day. On the other hand, the most diligent brushers are individuals aged 55 and above.

The Importance of Brushing Teeth

Brushing regularly is important to keep the teeth and gums healthy, according to dental practices like In particular, it helps remove plaque build-up. When not removed, plaque build-up may cause tooth decay and gum disease.

In addition, brushing can help get rid of the bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria does not only cause abscessed teeth, but also cause infections in the lungs, heart and the brain, and in some cases can even lead to a heart attack and stroke.

It is also important to visit the dentist regularly. Apart from examining for gum disease and cavities, a dentist will help keep teeth thoroughly clean. Moreover, the head of the study mentioned above also recommended that even if an individual brushes once a day, it should be at night to make sure food debris the teeth collect throughout the day is removed.

A third of us may not follow basic oral hygiene practices on a daily basis, but this does not mean skipping brushing should be the norm. Health professionals and dentists promote it for a reason — to keep the teeth, gums, and the whole body healthy.