Saturday 24 March 2018

Be careful who you kiss! 25pc of Irish people skip brushing their teeth on a regular basis

One in four Irish adults admits to regularly forgetting to brush their teeth.
One in four Irish adults admits to regularly forgetting to brush their teeth.
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Before you lock lips with anyone this weekend, it might be worth taking note of new research which revealed that a quarter of Irish people don’t brush their teeth on a regular basis.

A recent study revealed that 24pc of Irish adults skip brushing their teeth at least one morning a week despite the fact that it is an important part of self-confidence for most of us.

The research carried out by Oral B revealed that 75pc of Irish people are wary of bad breath should they happen to doss on brushing, while 22pc would be reluctant to smile.

Smile Director at the company Dr. Uchenna Okoye revealed the risks involved in regularly skipping the act of teeth brushing.

“One morning without brushing might not cause a cavity, but the acid collected on the tooth surface may be enough to break down your enamel,” she said.

“Breakfast time often means acidic foods such as oranges, grapefruit and fruit juices which can soften the enamel on your teeth.  Brushing before breakfast is ideal but if you forget, wait an hour afterwards to give your saliva a chance to neutralise the acid.  Brushing your teeth straight after a meal can wear away the enamel which is softened by the acid.”

Perhaps even more disgusting than the lack of teeth brushing is the fact that one in three Irish adults has shared a tooth brush with a friend or relative.

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