Austin Powers Bites Back!
A study published in the British Medical Journal in December has finally dispelled the stereotype that the British have bad teeth. Popularised through US TV culture, in particular, The Simpsons and from Hollywood character, Austin Powers, the British teeth have often been depicted as less than ideal. This research, however, proves these depictions may be misjudged.
Comparing oral health between Britain and the US and assessing levels of educational and income related oral health inequalities, the new study measures the number of missing teeth, self-rated oral health and oral health impacts on daily life in the US versus the UK.
The results show that the average number of missing teeth was significantly higher in the US (7.31) than in England (6.97). Wider educational and income oral health inequalities were also identified in the US compared to the UK.
Now dental health has been proven to be superior this side of the pond, it's important that we continue to help patients improve further. Constant education and recommendations of appropriate and highly effective oral health adjuncts remain key. The Waterpik® Water Flosser, for example, is clinically proven to remove up to 99.99% of plaque from treated areas in just three seconds. It has also been shown to be up to 50% more effective at improving gingival health and up to 93% more effective at reducing gingival bleeding than traditional string floss