Did you know… more than half of us would share our toothbrush with somebody.
The British Dental Health Foundation released its facts and findings for National Smile Month:
- Half of us brush our tongues when we brush our teeth. This is key to keeping nasty bacteria from building up on our tongues and giving us bad breath.
- We use bizarre objects to get food out of our teeth, including earrings, business cards, screwdrivers and keys. We think you should just stick to floss…
- A smile comes top of the things we first notice when we meet new people, which is why it’s so important to keep your teeth looking healthy and white.
- More than half of us would share our toothbrush with somebody.
- Over half of us say that we regularly floss, but when you look at the UK figures for floss sales, it’s actually close to a mere 5%. Floss is very important for your teeth, it gets in those cracks where brushing can’t reach.
- 20% of us think fluoride is a gimmick. Fluoride is a strong chemical that actually repairs the enamel in teeth.
- Not surprisingly, chocolate is the food that makes us smile the most, closely followed by a Sunday roast. How very British.
- When looking for ‘The One’, a good smile comes top of the list of physical attributes we look for, over body shape, dress sense and good eyes.
- 8 in 10 of us said that if someone smiled at us on a night out, we’d be more likely to talk to them, even if we didn’t know them.
- More than half of us think Brits have bad teeth (we’re here to help!)
- A toothbrush was top of the list of things we couldn’t leave behind if we went on holiday.
- Finally, remember that it takes 43 muscles to frown, and only 17 to smile; so show off those pearly whites.