Also, one in five adults brushes their teeth only once a day and over 60% of adults haven’t seen a dentist for at least 2 years.
Among other surprising outcomes, the Australian Dental Association’s (ADA) 2020 National Consumer Survey of around 25,000 people released today for Dental Health Week (2-8 August) also found:
“These findings show that Australians have the capacity to improve the daily habits that contribute to good oral health,” said ADA Vice President Dr Steven Liew.
“Not brushing twice a day and flossing once a day is a fast track to developing tooth decay, gum disease and a whole range of health issues that can arise from sub-par oral health.
“Previous studies suggest that untreated advanced gum disease can increase the chances of serious cardiac events, adverse pregnancy outcomes including prematurity, Type 2 diabetes and other significant health conditions.
“Brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, and flossing thoroughly every day, as well as consuming a diet low in added sugar and seeing your dentist at least once a year, all go a long way to maintaining good oral health and benefitswhole of body health.”
Teeth whitening statistics showed 37% people purchased a kit online and 16% from a chemist or supermarket,16% had it done at the dental practice, and 22% did it at home under the supervision of the dentist who supplied a take-home kit.
Further, 64% said they weren’t aware of the risks of teeth whitening services operated by non-dentists. These risks can include painful chemical burns to the gums and lips, and sensitivity or pain affecting the teeth. Meanwhile 18% of respondents said they whitened yearly, 38% every 6months, 26% bi-monthly, 15% monthly and 3% every week.
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