Nearly half of the population admits to regularly skipping brushing their teeth before they go to bed- putting their oral health at risk unnecessarily.
Women are the ones most likely to skip one of the most important tasks of the day, with 59% admitting to heading to bed without cleaning their teeth.
On the other hand, the results showed that just one in ten people don’t brush their teeth in the morning.
The research, conducted by the British Dental Health Foundation, found that a shocking 28% of people admit to not brushing their teeth for 24 hours, and 15% not cleaning them for more than two days!
Brushing your teeth is a vital part of your daily routine and slipping up on either of your brushing sessions can lead to big oral health problems in the future.
Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter, said: “Anyone who regularly skips brushing their teeth – morning or night-time – is storing up oral health problems for the future such as tooth decay and gum disease – the biggest cause of tooth loss often resulting in the need for bridges, dentures or implants.
“Gum disease has also been linked to other medical problems such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes and respiratory disease.
“Good oral health cannot be maintained by brushing once a day as each brushing session has a specific purpose. Brushing first thing in the morning coats the tooth’s enamel with fluoride to strengthen and protect the tooth surface against acid attacks throughout the day.
“Brushing last thing at night removes the deposits which have built up from eating and drinking during the day, as well as removing plaque – the cause of gum disease.
“The last brush of the day also coats the teeth with fluoride, which is not washed away through eating and drinking, and continues to protect the tooth’s surface further during sleep,” advised Dr Carter.