Men are lousy brushers

He's in the minority.

A new study into oral hygiene habits by Galaxy Research and commissioned by Colgate has revealed that Australian men are significantly less likely than women to brush their teeth twice a day, with only 36 per cent of men doing so. The statistic comes on the eve of Oral Health Month which will be aimed at driving awareness of good dental health habits.

While the majority of Australians do understand it is necessary to brush their teeth twice a day, to maintain healthy teeth and gums, yet in practice this is not happening.

Dr Peter Alldritt of the Australian Dental Association (ADA) comments, “We recommend brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste in order to help fight bacteria build up. Although Australian men are worse at brushing their teeth twice a day than women, the research also showed that only a quarter of 16-24 year olds brush twice a day, compared to older Australians, of whom only half brush twice a day.  The need for education about the importance of simply brushing twice a day is so important.”

The research also found that unmarried Australians (36 per cent) are significantly less likely to brush twice a day compared to married Australians (50 per cent).

Dr Susan Cartwright, Scientific Affairs Manager, Colgate Oral Care said, “Oral Health Month is a timely reminder for us all to take a closer look at our patients’ daily dental health routines.  We have a range of education initiatives from our well established school program ‘Bright Smiles, Bright Futures’ through to our Brush Night and Day campaign, committed to improving the oral health of Australians.”


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  1. Obviously tooth-brushing improves marriage prospects !! Of much greater relevance is the questionable ability of modern Dentistry to allow informed decision making on such a crucial issue. Building from such a low base can’t be too difficult. Education is the only answer. The foundation must be awareness of Natural requirements. Failure to imitate the chewing motion does not meet Mother Nature’s dictates.


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