FDI, World Dental Federation is myth busting what people around the world believe to be good oral health routines — and encouraging them to become better informed and take action.
Big Gap in Oral Health Practices
The results from a global oral health survey carried out in 12 countries, uncovered a significant gap between what people believe to be good oral health regimes, versus what they actually do. Eight of the countries reported that 50% or more of the people surveyed think it is important to brush their teeth after every main meal. Brazil, Mexico, Egypt and Poland were the worst offenders of this incorrect oral health practice. Dental health professionals recommend waiting at the least 30 minutes after eating to brush your teeth to avoid weakening tooth enamel.
“These survey results highlight an alarming difference between knowledge and actual good oral health practices,” told Dr Patrick Hescot, FDI President. “A healthy mouth allows us to speak, smile, smell, savor, touch, chew, swallow and convey a range of emotions with confidence and without pain, discomfort and cancer. Good oral health matters and translates to a better quality of life.”
Rinsing, Fruit Juice Top Myths People Believe In
Among the other results of the global oral health survey:
The majority of countries surveyed incorrectly believe that rinsing the mouth out with water after brushing is important; Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, India and Canada were found to practice this habit the most. It is actually recommended not to rinse with water right after brushing to allow maximum exposure to fluoride, which will optimize the preventative effects.
Nearly half the population surveyed in India, South Africa, Brazil and Poland, felt that drinking fruit juice rather than fizzy beverages was important for good oral health. Fruit juice however, can also be high in sugar which can cause tooth decay.
- 77% of people surveyed agreed that visiting a dentist once per year is good oral health practice, but only 52% actually tend to do it.
- 28% of respondents identified drinking alcohol in moderation as important for good oral health.
To learn about this global survey, click HERE.