4 revealing statistics about dental health in the UK

We understand that a beautiful smile can do wonders for your confidence and overall well-being. At AP Smilecare, we are committed to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams. We take great pride in providing exceptional dental services to our patients and addressing all your dental concerns with empathy and care.

So, whether you need a routine check-up, teeth whitening, or more complex dental treatments, our team of experienced professionals is here to guide you every step of the way towards optimal oral health. So, let’s delve into some fascinating dental health facts that you might not know.

How often should you pay your dentist a visit?

In the UK, oral health is at an all-time high, and generally, over the last decade, we’ve seen great improvements across the board. The standard time between dentist visits is around every six months. However, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits if you have specific oral health needs. In the meantime, it’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene habits at home and to schedule regular dental appointments to prevent any potential dental problems from developing into more significant issues. This leads us to our first fact!

1. One in four (25%) adults do not brush twice a day

Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes can help remove harmful bacteria and promote a healthy smile. It’s also the NHS’s recommended number of items to brush your teeth. However, according to statistics from the Oral Health Foundation, one in four adults, which is approximately 25% of the population, do not brush their teeth twice a day. This highlights the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene habits to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups can go a long way in ensuring a healthy and happy smile.


2. One in three (33%) of adults have never flossed

Taking care of your teeth is important, and that means more than just brushing. Flossing and using interdental cleaners (like interdental brushes) are also really important. They help clean the spaces between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach, which is where problems and gum disease often start. If you don’t floss, you’ll notice your gums will be more sensitive and likely to bleed when brushing and having dental work done due to plaque build-up; if left untreated, it can lead to periodontal disease (starting with gingivitis and eventually progressing to periodontitis).

3. 66% of adults have visible tooth plaque

It’s worrying that a large number of adults in the UK have visible tooth plaque. Plaque buildup not only affects how your smile looks but also poses risks to oral health. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to keeping your teeth healthy and beautiful. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly for dental cleanings, also known as scales and polishes, can help prevent plaque buildup and keep your smile in top shape.

4. The majority of adult orthodontic patients (83%) are aged 26 to 55

Did you know that the majority of adult orthodontic patients are aged 26 to 55? In fact, according to recent studies, 83% of adult patients seeking orthodontic treatment fall within this age group. This statistic highlights the fact that more and more adults are taking the steps necessary to achieve their best smile with braces and other orthodontic options.

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment as an adult, you’re not alone. Our practice has helped numerous adult patients achieve straighter teeth and improved dental health, regardless of their age! We offer a range of options, from traditional braces to discreet alternatives, such as clear aligners, so you can choose the option that best suits your lifestyle and preferences.

Prevention is always better than cure when it comes to dental and oral health – so if you’re looking for a reliable and friendly new dentist, look no further. At AP Smilecare, our team is always available to help you choose the best dental treatments for your smile. So, if you have questions about specific treatments or would like to book an appointment, you can reach us at 01254 297 000 or visit our Blackburn clinic for a relaxed and comfortable environment you can trust!