only 5% of Italians are satisfied with their smile

On the occasion of World Oral Health Day, Sunstar offers the 2021 Global Healthy Thinking Report, the first global observatory on oral health, which detects and analyzes the habits, concerns and desires of 15,000 respondents around the world on the question. comparing 15 countries, including Italy.

The results of the analysis offer a comprehensive and detailed overview of oral health: from which countries are the best in terms of dental care and the most satisfied with their smile, to those with the worst oral hygiene habits. dental, what are the most common problems among dentists, also focusing on the countries that have suffered the worst impact on oral health during the pandemic, which has played a decisive role on oral health: the Argentinians missed the most dental appointments (44%) compared to 12% of Japanese, the lowest figure in the world. Americans, on the other hand, reported feeling more tooth sensitivity during the pandemic (25%). Indonesians rank first, with 48%, for choosing to brush their teeth more regularly, followed by China with 38% of respondents.

Along with Spain, Italy is the European country least satisfied with a smile, with only 5% of respondents saying they are satisfied. 47%, in fact, would choose teeth whitening rather than other cosmetic treatments to improve their situation.

In Europe, Italy is the second, after the Netherlands, to have its own teeth without fillings or implants. Moreover, in our country, only 6% of respondents grind their teeth, compared to 32% who report a high level of inflammation of the gums. Regarding bad habits, Italy has 24% of smokers and 22% of people who drink coffee, tea or other drinks that can stain their teeth, while 21% say they eat sweets or very sweet foods.

Instead, if we want to take a broader and more global look at the oral hygiene situation and habits around the world, it turns out that the worst for oral health problems are the Thais. , only 1 in 10 don’t have one and only 5% are satisfied with your smile. The UK, on ​​the other hand, takes the top spot, with 40% of respondents saying they have no problems with their teeth and are completely satisfied with them. A series of clues also emerge: among the worst habits that the interviewees would like to give up in order to improve their oral hygiene habits, we find smoking (Germany and Spain are ranked equally, 27% identify it as among the worst and harmful to their dental health). 22% of Italians, Indonesians and Brazilians report having the consumption of coffee, tea and other drinks that stain their teeth as a bad habit, while China ranks first for the consumption of sweets, with 31%.

The least attentive to a good toothbrushing routine are Indonesians, 45% say they don’t care about the habit, while Brazil ranks second with 40%. 33% of Italians, Argentines and Brits say they never forget to brush their teeth.

Instead, the best in interdental cleaning were the Chinese (21%), followed by Italy (20%) and Spain (18%). Indonesia is at the bottom of the ranking, with only 7% of users of interdental cleaning tools (brush or dental floss).

Finally, the Dutch are the most satisfied with their smile: 18% declare that they do not want any cosmetic treatment to improve it. While only 5% of Thais, Spaniards, Italians and Brazilians said they would not choose a cosmetic treatment for their smile.

“We are proud to have conducted this survey, which is the largest observatory of its kind to deepen our knowledge of consumer oral health. Positive results include the number of people around the world who keep their mouths healthy and clean by brushing their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and brushing their tongues. However, it seems that globally there is less awareness of the connection between the mouth and the rest of the body and the impact of oral health on overall well-being, or how certain habits such as smoking can negatively affect oral health. There seems to be a need to better understand this link,” he comments. Martijn Verhulst by Sunstar.

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