According to a new study in the United Kingdom, about 47 percent of people don’t brush their teeth at bedtime on a routine basis.
About 60 percent of women skip out on brushing their teeth before going to sleep. Among men, about 35 percent don’t brush their teeth at bedtime.
The number of people who go to sleep without brushing far outweighs the amount of people who don’t brush in the morning. The numbers indicated that only one out of 10 people don’t brush after waking up.
The British Dental Health Foundation put this study together as part of the National Smile Campaign, something it’s been doing since 1977.
The study also concluded that 28 percent of people have gone more than 24 hours without brushing. One out of seven people in the study said there have been times in which they’ve gone more than two days without brushing.
The most important factors in maintaining good oral health are brushing twice each day with a fluoride toothpaste, limiting the intake of sugary foods and beverages and seeing the dentist on a regular basis.
The lack of brushing by the people in the study is a disturbing trend. Without brushing, tooth decay or gum disease may occur. Even worse, the lack of brushing may lead to other serious health problems.
This study only involved people in the United Kingdom. The information is not necessarily indicative of the brushing habits of people in other countries around the world.