Oral hygiene is so important, whatever age you are. Keeping our teeth clean and healthy certainly helps you to gain a killer smile, but is also very important to the health of our mouth, our gums and our tongues. It is also vital if you don’t want to end up with killer breath. But despite all of this, some of the statistics when it comes to brushing teeth and general oral health would certainly not leave you smiling.
In a study published by Electric Teeth earlier this year, it was claimed that 25% of adults do not brush with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day with one in three (33%) of adults never flossing. 4 in 10 people (42%) do not change their toothbrush /brush head every 3 months, whilst almost one in ten (9.7%) said they had shared a toothbrush, and even more said they would consider doing it if they needed to (11%), which is, quite frankly, yuck when it comes to your oral hygiene. More worrying are the statistics when it comes to children, who are forming their life habits when it comes to looking after their teeth. 25% of children don’t brush their teeth twice a day (Oral Health Foundation, 2015) and 23% of 5-year-old children in England in 2019 already have had dental decay. (Source: https://www.electricteeth.co.uk/dental-statistics/)
But why are so many people taking risks with their teeth? I think that some of this may be the perceived cost of good health hygiene, with people believing that only very expensive electric toothbrushes and ultra costly toothpastes will do the job. This is clearly not the case. Colgate in particular stock some amazing toothbrush and toothpaste products that offer whitening properties. The Max White Medium Toothbrush is a case in point. It costs less than £3, and yet has a unique polishing star to help gently remove stains, but is also gentle enough to use twice a day as recommended.
The toothbrush has firm bristles that help to polish and reach hard to reach areas, the firmness feels like you are giving your teeth a real good scrub, but they are also fine if you have more sensitive teeth and gums. This toothbrush is clear proof that good oral hygiene doesn’t have to cost the Earth and can be picked up with your regular shopping.
Remember that a good toothbrush is essential, but should be changed every three months to ensure your tooth care remains in tip top condition.