We’re all guilty of skipping brushing our teeth or flossing every now and then, and frequently pushing the dentist appointments back, but have you ever thought about how these little habits could affect your long-term health? Jelf Insurance bring us the shocking facts and statistics about dental health, to ensure we get our act in gear and protect our smiles and well-being.
It might surprise you, but a quarter of adults in the UK have not visited a dentist in the last two years, and one in four admits they don’t brush their teeth twice a day!
Good oral health and regular dental check-ups are essential to healthy teeth and gums. And it’s not just about having a dazzling smile. A trip to the dentist can identify early symptoms of serious problems such as mouth cancer or gum disease – something that’s been linked to bowel cancer, diabetes and even heart problems. The National Smile Month survey recently revealed some shocking truths about the nations dental hygiene habits:
Did you know that among adults in the UK?
- 50% see a dentist every six months
- 25% only see a dentist when they have a problem
- 2% have never visited a dentist
We’re not good at looking after our teeth and gums…
- 10% regularly forget to brush their teeth
- 25% only brush once a day
- 69% never use mouthwash
- 33% never floss their teeth
Perhaps then it’s not surprising that in the UK three out of four adults over the age of 35 are affected by gum disease. Gum disease has been linked to a range of serious illnesses and health problems, including cardiovascular problems, lung disease, diabetes and bowel cancer.
Regular dental visits can prevent gum disease and spot the early signs of other problems. Dental insurance covers a range of treatments, hygienist visits and procedures, such as fillings.