17 March 2015
A new survey has revealed two thirds of those over the age of 55 regret not looking after their teeth in earlier life.
Those living in the North East of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland regret their past oral hygiene the most while more men regret not caring for their teeth than women1.
Remarkably, from as recently as 1968 more than one in three (37 per cent) of adult UK residents over the age of 16 had none of their natural teeth. This equates to in excess of 10 million people by today’s population. Fortunately this percentage has now dropped to six per cent, but this tooth loss is entirely preventable.
To mark World Oral Health Day [Friday 20th March], Chief Executive of oral health charity the British dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, advises how we can care for our teeth from cradle to the grave.
Dr Carter says: “Despite oral health improving significantly in recent decades many people born in the 1960s and earlier lived in an era when ora…