WATCH: Davina McCall Reveals Her Top Tips on Keeping Teeth Healthy
Research has revealed that one in three brits forget to brush their teeth regularly...
By Emily Mertens
Feb 22, 2019
Davina McCall, Colgate Total ambassador, has put together her top tips to keeping your teeth and mouth clean after research revealed that one in three brits regularly forget to brush their teeth.
The research of 2,000 adults found that many aren't 'doing enough' to keep their mouths healthy, with one in 10 using chewing gum instead of toothpaste to keep their teeth 'clean'.
Davina spent the day with Colgate and said: “I’ve learnt today that you shouldn’t rinse your mouth out after brushing - you should keep all that fluoride in your mouth and let it settle - spit don’t rinse.
"Whole mouth health is so important, we don’t think about it enough - it’s just as important as other areas of health and fitness.
“It’s such an obvious thing that we are forgetting, but our teeth are only 20 per cent of our mouth - we shouldn’t neglect the other 80 per cent including the cheeks, tongue and gums."
The research also noted how 80% are currently suffering with or have suffered with oral health problems, including sesnitivity, bleeding gums or cavities and that 43% have no idea what to do to maintain a healthy mouth.
When it comes to a healthy lifestyle, priorities are usualy diet, weight and mental health, leaving a healthy mouth way out of peoples' minds, with just 9% considering it as important.
Experts have revealed that the majority of oral health issues are easily prevented through daily care, but six in 10 Brits admitted that they don't make it a priority.
Dr Milad Shadrooh, also known as 'the singing dentist', suggested: “When most people think about oral health they just think about their teeth. The tongue, cheeks and gums harbour bacteria, needing a similar level of protection as teeth to help achieve whole mouth health.
“As a dentist, I actively work with my patients to help them appreciate the importance of whole mouth health. Through education, we can show how easily people can prevent problems before they start by equipping them with the right information and products to look after their mouth health at home.”
Dr. Patricia Verduin, chief technology officer at Colgate-Palmolive Company, added: “Overall wellness is important to everyone, and total self-care means caring for the whole mouth, too.
“We rely on our mouth to eat, drink, speak and laugh, but often neglect areas beyond teeth.''