We all know the feeling. We’ve been out and about all day and just want to go straight to bed.
Results from a new survey by GlaxoSmithKline (as part of the Love Your Mouth Campaign) shows that you’re not alone. The survey revealed that 48% of participants had gone to bed without brushing their teeth first, and 39% blamed it on being ‘too tired’.
Another 27% of participants admitted to being too lazy to brush twice a day, while 23% claimed they simply forgot.
Participants even admitted to using water instead of toothpaste and using their finger in lieu of a toothbrush. But at least they tried?
In any case, dental practitioner Natty Burgess said that while skipping brushing may not seem like that big a deal, the reality is that neglecting oral hygiene can cause problems much more serious than just bad breath but gum disease, which is linked to a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Burgess said that only 4 minutes a day is enough to make a difference in oral health, reducing the risk of both decay and gum disease.
Source: Cosmetic Dentistry Guide