Published on June 19, 2012

Dental regrets of the past

We’ve all been there – young and free, partying ‘til the early hours of the morning and our twice daily teeth routine takes a back seat in our busy lives. But now we’re older and prefer the laid back life, we begin to regret skipping our teeth brushing as dental problems become prominent.

The British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) have found that most of us regret our teen habits. Findings show 6 out of 10 adults aged 55 and over in the UK, mainly those living in the North East of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, regret neglecting their teeth in earlier life.

As we are all living longer, our teeth are becoming prone to problems, with around 1 in 5 people wearing full or partial dentures in the UK. Results suggest that a reason for this may be due to adult patients who were born in the 1960s experiencing poor dental education as a child due to limited availability, particularly in comparison to today’s dental education. Such habits learnt from an earlier childhood continue into adulthood, leading to neglect of the essential daily dental routine.

Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter, further adds: “There is a very strong message from older people that not looking after oral health when young can lead to a lifetime of regrets.”

But things aren’t all bad, despite the older generation regretting their past dental routines, the research also found that younger patients are the most image conscious group, meaning they are far more likely to look after their teeth. With more pressure on teens to achieve Hollywood smiles, there is hope for future generations to stick to daily dental routines and regular check-ups in order to improve the nation’s oral health and lessen their dental regrets.

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2 comments on “Dental regrets of the past”

  1. The information you have provided is really useful for those who want to know more about dental dental regrets. Dental students can gain useful information here. Thanks.

  2. RichardRonnie on August 17th, 2012 at 12:49 PM
  3. Hi Richard,

    Thanks for your comment – great to hear the blog is useful to you! Do you have a dental blog too?

    StockdaleMartin Team

  4. StockdaleMartin on August 17th, 2012 at 2:39 PM

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