26 May 2015
Parents pass many pearls of wisdom throughout their lifetime but its mums who seem to take the lead on how we care for our teeth, according to a new poll.
More than two in three (68 per cent) of us say it’s our mum who taught us how to brush our teeth as a child while findings showed that we’re almost four times as likely to be a self-taught brusher (18 per cent) as being taught by our father (5 per cent).
Learning how to brush our teeth at school and then by a sibling completed the list1.
The survey also revealed less than half (45 per cent) of parents teach their children how to brush their teeth before the age of two, with one in four (23 per cent) showing them the dental ropes between two and five years old2.
The importance of good oral health habits at an early age is illustrated by the level of childhood tooth decay in the United Kingdom.  A recent report by the Health & Social Care Information Centre identified 12 per cent of three-year-olds…

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