Poor Oral Hygiene Regretted In Later Life, Survey Reveals

13th July 2012

Not focusing on dental care in earlier life is a big regret for two-thirds of people aged over 55 years old, a new survey has revealed – so if you’re wondering how best to focus on improving your oral hygiene, it might be advisable to visit one of the dentists Manchester city centre has available.

According to the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF), as recently as 1968 37 per cent of adults in the UK over 16 years old had none of their natural teeth, although this has now dropped to six per cent – but it is important to remember that tooth loss can be prevented entirely.

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the BDHF, observed that good oral health routines should start from when milk teeth first arrive and be continued as get older, with regular dental visits made a part of every person’s life from a young age.

“With one of our recent surveys showing that almost one in four of the population suffer from dental phobias, it is vital to create an understanding among children that dentists are not to be feared but are there to help,” he remarked.

Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time is recommended by qualified dentists around the UK if you are to keep tooth decay at bay. Watch out for problems such as bad breath, black spots on your teeth, a nasty taste in your mouth, sensitivity or toothache, all of which are signs of dental decay.