Like most people, there’s a good chance you know some of the main facts about keeping your teeth and gums healthy

For instance, you may realise it’s important to brush your teeth twice a day and visit your dentist as often as they recommend. But according to the British Dental Health Foundation, there are lots of other interesting facts and figures about teeth that you may not know about, including the following:



Women smile more than men

In general, women smile more than men, with studies suggesting this starts from when they are babies.


Contrary to popular opinion, Brits don’t have the worst teeth

Interestingly enough, as renowned as Americans are for criticising the British for their lack of dental hygiene, research carried out by the US-based National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research shows that a whopping 92 percent of American adults show signs of tooth decay.


14 percent of people are frightened to visit the dentist

Visiting the dentist ranked top in a poll on what makes people nervous – it was more popular than people who founds heights scary, with nearly 10 times as many people claiming to be nervous about visiting their dentist compared to their doctor


Almost three quarters of all British adults have had a tooth removed

This works out as more than 60 million adults in this country who have lost a tooth. But if everyone visited their dentist on a regular basis, this figure could be much lower.


More than a quarter of people only visit their dentist when they have a problem

At the same time, more than half of people admit they wish they’d cared for their teeth better. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure – this is certainly the case when it comes to teeth.


Only half of Brits are happy with their smile

A British Dental Health Foundation survey suggests that discoloured or crooked teeth are by far the biggest reasons people are unhappy with their smiles. What’s more, a third of people believe a good smile is the most important attribute when it comes to attractiveness.


A third of children start school with visible signs of tooth decay

According to the British Dental Health Foundation, this is an alarming figure and if something isn’t done about it, the trend will continue. It’s also worth noting that an estimated quarter of a million primary school children have developed tooth decay.