A quarter of people frequently let a whole day pass without brushing their teeth, a British study into Oral Hygiene has revealed.
The study found that 25pc of people can go 24 hours or more without cleaning their gnashers which allows for a plaque build up and increases the risk of decay.
The grim findings also established that more than 15pc of those surveyed have used the same tooth brush for over a year despite dentist recommendations that the instrument should be replaced at least every three months.
TePe, who conducted the study, found that you shouldn’t trust others when it comes to your toothbrush either, as 7pc of people admitted to using someone else’s to freshen up their gob on location.
Meanwhile, one fifth of the study’s subjects admitted to regularly using their finger and a means to clean their teeth.
The eye-opening research was conducted to celebrate World Oral Health Day which falls on March 20.
MY life is the same as anyone else's in their mid-20s. I work in the beauty industry as a make-up artist at a cosmetic counter, I live with my boyfriend of six years and I'm busy planning our wedding, which is taking place next year where we live in Dungarvan, Co Waterford.
At first, I misread the headline. I thought it said "Stop Snoring With a Matchbox", and that my guilty secret was out. You see, you can actually stop someone snoring by placing a book of matches between their teeth, and getting them to clamp down on it. Don't ask how I know, I just do (though you must remember to remove the matches first, if you want to avoid the risk of the night being suddenly lit up).