Friday, May 12, 2006

3 Out of 4 Dentists Agree: The Brits Have Bad Teeth

Recently eaten: American chop suey
Recent annoyance: wet band-aid smell

Well, it's no surprise that the Brits, long infamous for poor dental hygiene, have been caught sticking all manner of things into their mouths. Too much tea and crumpets, perhaps.

Brits floss with screwdrivers - study
"More than 60 percent of Britons use items such as screwdrivers, scissors and earrings to remove food from between their teeth, according to a survey on Friday.

The National Dental Survey found that when it comes to oral hygiene, people use whatever is close to hand to pick their teeth.

More than 60 percent questioned by the Dental Health Foundation said they used makeshift items, which included knives, keys, needles and forks.

The survey also found that 23 percent of people choose to leave food stuck between their teeth, increasing the risk of gum disease and bad breath, the foundation, which promotes oral health, said in a statement."

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