Study shows average number of missing teeth is significantly higher in US (7.31) than in England (6.97)
According to a latest research, Americans don’t have better teeth in comparison to the English. Experts challenged the idea that the English have poor dental hygiene. The idea dates back to over a century.
A group of researchers from the UK and the US examined data on people in thousands of number from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and the English Adult Dental Health Survey.
During the examination, they observed for examples of missing teeth, perceptions of adults regarding their oral health, and impact of poor teeth on daily life like difficulty eating, avoiding smiling, pain and social effects. They also examined levels of education and household income.
The study demonstrated that the average number of missing teeth was notable higher in the US (7.31) as compared to in England (6.97). It has also shown that people have more chances of suffering from poor dental health due to socioeconomic factors in case they lived in the US.
The researchers, including academics from University College London, said, “In conclusion, we have shown that the oral health of Americans is not better than the English, and there are consistently wider educational and income related oral health inequalities in the US compared with England”.
They mentioned that since long, there has been a belief in the United States that people in British have poor teeth, quite worse as compared to the US citizens. The belief has dated back to at least a century, with toothpaste adverting praising the virtues of American smiles.
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