Aussies stun thousands with ‘disgusting’ hygiene confession

A British woman was disgusted to discover a dental hygiene mistake most Australians make – and it could cause life-long health issues.

The Perth woman asked online if it was common for Australians to only brush their teeth once a day – because after several years of living Down Under, she hadn’t seen many people too preoccupied with oral hygiene.

‘I’m not Australian but have lived here for a few years and with different people. I’ve noticed that a few of the people (if not all) I’ve lived with have only brushed their teeth once a day. Is that common in Australia?’ she asked in a post.

‘Where I’m from, that would certainly be frowned upon, but perhaps that’s also because I socialise with different people here.’

Dentists recommend brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste, and switching out your toothbrush every three months.

A British woman was disgusted to discover a hygiene mistake most Australians make - and it could cause life-long health issues

According to Healthdirect cavities, gum disease, bad breath, tooth loss, diabetes, premature labour, oral cancer and a range of chronic diseases are all linked to poor oral health.

Many were shocked by the woman’s accusation and defended their routines. 

‘Morning and night. I cannot stand the furry teeth feel!’ one said.

‘I brush twice a day. Morning and before bed. Every partner and overnight guest I’ve had has done the same,’ another said.

‘Twice a day, sometimes thrice. An extra time before going out somewhere special, like drinks with friends or on a date, or sometimes just randomly,’ a man wrote.

‘Always twice a day or I’d feel gross. I try to floss daily but sometimes I’m lazy with that,’ a woman added.

But some claimed it wasn’t necessary to brush their teeth more than once,

‘My dental hygienist told me that once a day is sufficient because it takes more than 24 hours for the bacteria to build up,’ a man shared. ‘I don’t consume a lot of sugar, when I do get a build-up/film around my teeth from eating sugar, I will brush it away.’

‘Brushing twice a day is mainly for fresh breath smell and getting rid of dirty teeth feeling. Most plaque takes two days to harden into tartar,’ another said.

‘I only brush once a day, because I’m lazy. No dental hygiene issues thus far,’ a man wrote.


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