Britons should brush for 30 seconds three times a day, say dentists
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Britons should brush their teeth for 30 seconds three times a day, says a survey of 2,000 people conducted by dentists, whose surveys have shown dental hygiene is generally poor.
In a second “report card” issued by the British Dental Association, adults aged between 18 and 64 were asked how often they brushed their teeth and how often their teeth were flossed.
The survey found a third of people (36%) brushed their teeth for less than 30 seconds, with 43% brushing for between 10 and 30 seconds.
The latest results show almost a third of women (31%) brush their teeth less than 30 seconds and almost half (46%) brush their teeth more than 30 seconds.
Other key findings from the BDA report include:
Only 36% of adults brush their teeth for more than 30 seconds.
Nearly a quarter (23%) of adults don’t brush their teeth after they eat.
Women (30%) are more likely than men (18%) to floss their teeth more often, and can floss between 30 and 60 seconds.
Adults were asked to brush their teeth for five minutes every day on average, for three months.
Steve Sutcliffe, chairman of the British Dental Association’s press and public affairs committee, said: “Having good dental health is important, but it is even more crucial that people brush for 30 seconds every time they brush their teeth to make sure they floss regularly and get their teeth protected from bad bacteria.
“We need to change the way that people think about oral health by making brushing for 30 seconds a habit in Britain.”
The dentists’ report found that 40% of people have no idea whether they brush their teeth between 10 and 30 seconds.
A survey by Action on Gum Disease in August 2017 found children aged seven to 11 had more tooth decay than children aged five to 11.
It also found that more than a third of school children no longer brush their teeth after meals, and 33% of schoolchildren admitted brushing their teeth before or after sex.
More than 6,700 children aged 11 to 17 between November 2016 and April 2017 took part in the survey, carried out by ICM.
Schoolchildren in the UK reported having a 12% rate of tooth decay and 5% of periodontal disease.