New statistics show that fewer than one in 20 people visit their dentist.

Millions of Brits are only cleaning three quarters of their teeth, a study has found.

Despite the average adult spending the recommended two minutes cleaning their teeth, almost half admit they are often missing out at least a quarter of their pearly whites.

One in twenty even admitted to only getting the brush on half of their teeth – leaving the other half covered in the day’s acid, plaque and debris.

It also emerged less than half (48 per cent) of people see their dentist at least twice a year, with more than one in ten only making an appointment when they have a problem.

A shocking one in twenty NEVER see their dentist.

The study was commissioned by a consortium of dentists behind Brushlink, the first smartphone ‘tooth brushing tracker’ which coaches people on how to clean their teeth and gives them a score out of 100.

Dr Dev Patel, founder of Brushlink said: “As a practising dentist, I have always been shocked by the lack of feedback between patient and dentist.

“We have always had to rely on what we see inside the mouth every six months rather than having any reliable data about how people are brushing.

“I invented Brushlink to plug this gap by providing coaching to patients but also accurate monitoring of everything they are doing with their toothbrush between dentist visits.”

The study of more than 2,000 adults found the younger generation are most likely to miss teeth when brushing, with just three in ten 18-34-year-olds saying they cover all of them.

But this rises to 55 per cent of the over 55s.

It also emerged more than six in ten adults have never been shown how to brush their teeth properly.

And just one in ten parents supervise their children brushing their teeth twice a day.

Almost a fifth of mums and dads admitted their kids occasionally lie about brushing their teeth by pretending to have done it when they haven’t.

Another 12 per cent even said their children have tricked them into thinking they have cleaned their teeth by doing things such as wetting the brush head to make it look like it has been used.

Thorough tooth brushing is recognised as the foundation of good oral health regimes, and an effective way to avoid tooth decay and gum disease.

But almost a quarter of adults say someone in their household has had dental problems which they believe could have been prevented by better brushing.

Each week, more than 1 million patients in the UK use NHS dental services – many of them seeking treatment for dental disease, the consequences of which costs the NHS a huge £3.4bn a year.

Professor Elizabeth Kay MBE, Foundation Dean Peninsula Dental School, Oral Health Topic Expert for NICE and a Brushlink Scientific Committee member, added: “This survey has revealed some intriguing insights into our oral health regimes and patients’ relationships with the dental health professionals who care for them.

“There is no substitute for good tooth brushing practices when it comes to maintaining a healthy mouth, yet it would appear from the survey that there is a lot more that we can all do to achieve this effectively.

“The fact that this survey is in association with the launch of a new dental care product – and one which I think is the most amazing oral health product that I have seen in a long time – should encourage people to takes its findings seriously, as it has been commissioned by a group of dentists who are passionate about improving the oral health of the nation.”

Article Source: Mat Mccabe at

Should Your Gums Bleed When You Brush?

The simple answer to this question is no.

If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth then it is highly likely that you may have the early signs of gum disease. This is a completely treatable condition which is simply tackled by improving oral healthcare.

The signs of gum disease include, but are not limited to:

  1. puffy gums
  2. bleeding gums
  3. swollen gums
  4. Red or inflamed gums
  5. sore or tender gums

If you have any of the symptoms above then it is strongly suggested that you find a local dentist. If you’re unsure of how to do this we recommend that you speak to your friends and family or use the information and tips in our previous blog post about finding dentists.

why should gum disease be treated?

Apart from removing any of the pain associated with this condition it is important that gum disease is treated at an early stage and not allowed to progress. If gum disease progresses it can turn into a far more serious condition called periodontitis.

Periodontitis is the information of the area surrounding the root of your tooth where it connects into the bone of your jaw. If this becomes infected then it can lead to the resorbtion of bone holding in your tooth.

In the short term you would probably not notice this as the gum over your bone would cover any bone loss. However in the medium-term you may begin to see black triangles between your teeth where the gum has started to move away as it follows the resorbtion of the gum.

In the long-term however, periodontitis can result in loose teeth which can lead to tooth loss.

What are the problems associated with tooth loss?

Loosing teeth may not seem like too much of a problem, especially if they are back teeth. However there are more clinical reasons why missing teeth can be an issue, including:

  • the adjacent teeth either side collapsing into the space where the missing tooth has come from
  • opposing teeth on the opposite jaw drifting down into this space
  • bone being lost where the missing tooth has come from

In the long run this means that you could end up spending more on your dentistry (dental implants can run into thousands), something which most people don’t really want to do!

If the teeth drift and the bone resorbs then it becomes clinically more difficult to treat the missing teeth and you could be left with bite problems, chewing problems, aesthetic problems and even headaches.


If you have any signs of gum disease then we strongly recommend that you visit your dentist as soon as possible, let us know how you get on…