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Study finds adults could improve oral health routine

Posted by Allie Wright

New research has indicated the oral health routine of adults in the UK, with only 22 per cent of the respondents to the poll saying they floss.

Around a third of those who took part in the study said they use mouthwash, while 42 per cent of adults only use a toothbrush and toothpaste.

The research showed almost one in four adults (24 per cent) do not use toothpaste containing the recommended level of fluoride.

Chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation Dr Nigel Carter explained the findings indicate why so many people have oral health problems.

“Fluoride is the single-most important advancement introduced in preventative dentistry for some years. It can greatly help dental health by strengthening the tooth enamel, making it more resistant to tooth decay,” he said.

Dr Carter added brushing alone means only around 60 per cent of the surface of teeth is being reached.

The specialist previously highlighted the importance of brushing teeth before going to bed, as this removes acid forming plaque before sleep.

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