The UK Nations Oral Health Habits in 2019

The Nations Oral Health Habits - Part 1
( | Press Release | 2019-07-10 15:57:25 )
Good Oral health is a determining factor for the overall health and quality of life, given its implications for our well-being and relationships with others (a healthy mouth facilitates not only well-being but also the communication and interaction with others).

This includes keeping your teeth free of cavities and preventing diseases that affect the gums. Poor mouth care affects people´s appearance, sense of well-being and self-esteem, and has also been associated with sleep and behaviour problems in children.

Periodic consultation with the dentist is necessary to detect any problem in the oral cavity early and prevent more serious diseases.

How often and for how long do we brush and floss* our teeth?

Dentists advise that people should brush their teeth twice a day, for two minutes as well as cleaning between their teeth daily.

Brushing teeth is the best way to maintain health, prevent and reduce bacterial plaque, dental remineralization, cavities, halitosis, oral diseases, and periodontal diseases. But good oral hygiene is not just made of toothbrush and toothpaste; Flossing, for example, is vital for complete oral health. It can penetrate regions that the toothbrush can not, preventing gum disease and cavities, especially between the teeth.

According to the Consumer Oral Health Survey 2019, 73% of the UK's Adult Population brush their teeth at least twice a day, 68% of which for the recommended 2+ Mins, and 27% also state they floss at least once a day.

Do people recognise the links between oral health and general health?

Every year, new research studies are uncovering connections between a person’s oral and overall health. The relationship between oral health and general health is easily understood when we assume that the mouth is the "gateway" to the bloodstream and the general health of the organism.

According to Survey, 75% of the UK's Adult Population agree that poor oral health can have a significant impact on overall general health. 63% also agree that signs of serious diseases and illnesses can be detected in the mouth by their dentist.

Which health conditions do people think can be linked to poor oral health?

Through the mouth, we can perceive signs and symptoms of health and disease and even some diseases that affect the organism may have its first manifestation there.

Although researchers still do not know whether oral diseases can directly cause or trigger common health problems, there is scientific evidence to support a significant association between oral diseases and systemic diseases or disorders, including heart disease, dementia, and diabetes. Thru a routine Dental check-up, a dentist can identify suspicious oral manifestations and refer the patient to a specialist for more specific tests.

When questioned which health conditions they think can be linked to poor oral health, Mouth Cancer – 53%, Heart Disease – 20% and Diabetes with 13%, where the most common answers.

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