Are your employees looking after their oral health

Posted by Vittoria Gallagher on 14/09/2016
boss respect

Here at Denplan, we believe that prevention is definitely better than cure. Brushing your teeth twice a day is important, but just as important is ensuring you’re cleaning between your teeth. Henry Clover, our Deputy Chief Dental Officer says

“Brushing alone only reaches around 70% of tooth surfaces, so it’s important to clean in between your teeth to remove bacteria and any food particles which could lead to gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath. Gum disease is also linked to more serious health conditions.

There are lots of other options available to clean between your teeth including several different kinds of floss, interdental brushes, floss harps and electric water or air flossers. Speak to your dental team to find out what works best for you and, if possible, see a hygienist who will be able to demonstrate the most effective way to get in between your teeth, which is really helpful if you find flossing a bit tricky.”

We were interested to find out more about attitudes towards oral health so we asked about people’s brushing and flossing habits.

Here are a few of our findings:

  • The number of children present in a household might affect how often adults are able to brush their own teeth each day. Only 58% of adults in households with three or more children brush their teeth at least twice a day.*
  • Only 62% of people brush their teeth for at least two minutes each time. 31% said they brush for one minute and 6% said they brush for 30 seconds or less!*
  • Only 10% of 18-24 year olds floss at least once a day, whereas adults aged 55 or over are three times as likely to floss at least once a day (30%).*

If you’re interested to find out more about how you can improve your employees’ oral health, please contact your Denplan Account Manager who’ll be happy to work with you on a tailored communications plan.

*All figures are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 5,823 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 4th-9th February 2015. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).