Hive Business Infographic National Smile Month Oral Hygiene Survey- FINAL VERSION
Question 1: How often do your brush your teeth?
Hygiene Shocker: 39% of 25-34-year-olds brush their teeth less than once a week!
A recent survey on dental hygiene habits from Hive, a dental accountants company based in Cornwall, found that 39% of 25 to 34-year-olds brush their teeth less than once a week.
This disturbing discovery was also confirmed in many other recent studies, which suggested that dental hygiene often takes a back seat for people with underlying health concerns. Moreover, over 30% of people admit that they forget about brushing. It is pretty common for people to allow other health issues to take precedent over dental health.
That is why dental practitioners need to educate and inform patients about the issue. A lack of dental hygiene has been linked to other illnesses such as heart disease and possibly dementia.
Squeaky clean Millennials: 63% brush their teeth over three times a day!
Millennials are considered the most ‘woke’ generation, and now they can add to their accolades for being ‘squeaky clean’. Our dental hygiene survey showed that 63% of millennials brushed their teeth more than three times daily.
This is a significant win against bacteria, plaque, and other diseases. People who brush their teeth at least three times a day have a 12% lower risk of heart failure and a 10% lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation.
Question 2: Do people regularly share toothbrushes with others?
Is sharing caring when it comes to oral hygiene? 28% of respondents reveal they’ve shared their toothbrush at least once
A recent survey on dental hygiene habits exposed some unusual habits as 28% of respondents revealed that they share toothbrushes on a daily basis.
Leading health professionals have warned that this practice can lead to the spreading of gum disease.
The onus falls on dental care experts to help people abandon this habit since it’s clear that sharing is not always necessarily caring. The best things come in twos, and so should toothbrushes!
Question 3: How often should people use mouthwash?
Mouthwash horror: 36% of 35-44-year olds reveal they have NEVER used mouthwash
Studies show that 36% of 35-44-year-olds notice their breath when meeting others for the first time. And that can be problematic since over a third of 35 to 44-year-olds have never used mouthwash.
Mouthwash is a vital part of any oral care routine and can help decrease cavities and strengthen the enamel.
Question 4: How frequently should people visit the dentist?
Too eager to see the dentist? 49% of 25-34-year-olds visit the dentist more than 4 times a year!
Our survey showed that nearly half of 25 to 34-year-olds visit the dentist more than five times a year.
Dental professionals recommend visiting the dentist at least twice a year, but it appears that 25-34-year-olds are going above and beyond to ensure their dental health.
That is good news because dental visits are vital for maintaining good oral health and allow dentists to employ preventative measures to ward off possible oral diseases.
Question 5: How frequently should people visit a dental hygienist?
33% of UK respondents reveal they aren’t registered with a dental hygienist
Does the high cost of living discourage people from prioritizing their dental hygiene?
A recent survey on the UK’s dental hygiene habits revealed that a third of the population isn’t even registered with a dental hygienist.
Hygienist treatments can cost £20 to £300 and sometimes more depending on the length and complexity of the cosmetic procedures. This may be a discouraging factor for locals as the exorbitant costs give people fewer reasons to smile.