'Why we haven't brushed our teeth in years – and we think you shouldn’t either’
MANY of us would love to have the perfect, gleaming Hollywood smile – and as a nation we Brits spend a staggering £535.6million to achieve it.
But, shockingly, these women claim the secret to their white gnashers is never brushing at all.
Although the NHS recommends we should brush our teeth for two minutes last thing at night and on one other occasion every day, three in ten Brits brush their teeth just once a day.
The same survey also saw one per cent of British women admitting to not brushing their teeth daily.
While dentists may balk at the idea, some of these women believe the secret to their stunning smiles is stepping away from the toothpaste.
Fabulous Digital spoke to three of these women, who claim avoiding dental hygiene has been better for their health.
'I haven't brushed my teeth for ten years'
Special needs teaching assistant Alice Kid, 23, lives in South Croydon with her partner and their 18-month-old son Carter
Alice says: "I never brush my teeth. It is an awful admission to make and it is one of those social taboos no one is supposed to talk about. But the truth is I don’t bother and haven’t done for a decade.
When I look in the mirror I can see that they are perfect.
As a child I brushed my teeth as and when I remembered.
When I was 12 I had to wear braces for over a year and the orthodontist I saw went on and on and on about brushing my teeth while I had the braces in place.
That might be why I rebelled.
When the braces came off at 13 – I chucked out my toothbrush.
Ten years on and I have no fillings, extractions, or root canals. I’ve only ever had one filling and that was before I had braces – ironically when I did brush regularly.
I don’t have any problem with my breath smelling gross. While it is hard to truly tell if your breath honks like an over-ripe cheese – my partner has never made any negative comments. The only thing I do is chew gum.
I know some people suffer with a hairy tongue when they don’t brush their teeth and floss regularly. I keep an eye out for it but that is something I have never had either.
I don’t drink or smoke so there is no danger of staining my teeth with nicotine or red wine.
I’m careful with my diet. I only drink water and have never been into fizzy drinks. I don’t have a sweet tooth. I’m not even keen on fruit although I wolf down my veggies.
A friend who does brush her teeth regularly has a stain on her front tooth and she reckons it’s because of the acid in the fruit she eats all the time.
I go to the dentist once a year. He never asks if I brush my teeth, so I don’t divulge my secret.
He moans at me for not flossing but then he usually removes the plaque that has built up during the 15-minute check up. If he told me I needed to brush them I would follow his advice.
But for now everyone comments on how lovely and healthy looking my teeth are – so why bother with the time and expense of brushing them?"
'I've saved over £2,000 & haven't been to the dentist since 2013'
Stay-at-home mum Gemma Davie, 33, has five children and lives with her partner in Chesterfield.
Gemma says: "My front teeth look fantastic. But if I open my mouth wide the molars tell a different story.
I have two dead teeth – they need to be removed. Another tooth recently broke in half.
I put all that oral damage down to clenching my jaw in the night due to stress.
I last went to the dentist in 2013. I had chipped my two front teeth and needed white fillings to repair them before I got married.
He didn’t criticise the state of them. I wasn’t asked about my daily oral hygiene either. Apparently I was plaque free.
I didn’t even need a visit to the hygienist to have my teeth polished.
It is a bit of a miracle that my teeth do look so white. While I never smoked during any of my pregnancies I’ve been a 20 ciggies-a-day girl since I was 15.
I only kicked the habit three years ago. But to look at my teeth you’d never have me down as a smoker.
While they are not Britney Spears white they’re not blackened stubs out of the dark ages either.
I only brush them if I am going out with my family. They are clean freaks and very into dental hygiene.
They have all got perfect teeth and spend a fortune on maintaining a sparkling set of gnashers. They’ll even time how long they clean them when they brush them three times a day.
Why do they bother? I think they’re mad and the feeling is mutual. We agree to disagree.
I don’t have bad breath. My teeth aren’t stained. I love a glass of red wine.
While I have never drunk coffee – which is believed to discolour teeth – until two years ago I drank at least a can of full fat Coca Cola a day.
If anything is stuck in my teeth I wiggle it out with a cotton bud.
To be honest I’m more suspicious about what is in dental products.
The dental industry is one big fat con. I haven’t imposed my views on my kids though.
They have toothbrushes that light up to encourage them to do it regularly. But when they are old enough I’ll let them make their own decisions about how often – or if – they want to brush them.
I stopped brushing my teeth regularly when I turned 16. I reckon I have saved over £2,000 – and still have a killer smile to boot."
'Working eight-hour days means I forget to brush'
Nursery worker Kira Hill, 19, is single and lives in Reigate, Surrey
Kira says: "My teeth aren’t perfect. The top set is straight.
The ones on the bottom are wonky because I got kicked in the face as a child. If you look closely my teeth are a tiny bit yellow because I used to smoke 10-15 a day.
I started smoking socially when I was 14 and gave up four months ago. I do have two fillings in my molars at the back which were done when I was 12.
If I had to guess I'd say I brush my teeth twice a month – and that's only if I remember.
I'm not someone who would fall for the sales spiel. Three-figure fancy electrical toothbrushes, pricey mouthwash, complicated dental floss and toothpicks are a waste of money: I wouldn’t know what to do with half of it.
From Monday to Friday I wouldn't have the time. I work five days a week, I’m on my feet for over eight hours a day and then I’ve got an hour-long commute each side.
Like most girls when I was younger my mum encouraged me to brush my teeth twice a day. I did until my teens.
The trigger to stop brushing them so regularly came when I started having sleepovers at friends' houses. The first thing I’d forget is my toothbrush.
While I have borrowed friend’s ones in the past it isn’t really the thing to do.
At the time the thought did occur to me that it was a bad habit to fall into. But I stopped bothering bringing one out with me when I realised my teeth were fine, my breath wasn’t awful either.
Most of my friends in my social circle don’t brush everyday. When you’ve been on a night out the last thing you want to do before falling into bed is brush your teeth with gunky overpowering toothpaste.
Growing up I did have a sweet tooth, but today I control my cravings. I stay away from moreish sweets.
Nowadays I’ll have a chicken salad one day and a curry another day. I’m sensible with what I eat.
I don’t smoke anymore but I do vape. Sometimes I do wish my teeth were whiter. But my oral health is pretty perfect. I don’t have any decay, cavities or toothache.
Brushing your teeth twice a day is overrated and I only have to smile to show I’m proof of that.
A dentist's verdict
Dental surgeon Guy Barwell at The Implant Centre says:
“It’s absurd in this day and age for someone not to want to brush their teeth for a number of reasons.
For a start daily brushing and cleaning between your teeth is important because it removes plaque. If the plaque isn't removed, it continues to build up and causes tooth decay and gum disease.
We’ve seen cases of individuals with such severe cases they've needed a number of teeth or all their teeth removed and replaced with implants and dentures.
I’m amazed that this woman who hasn’t brushed her teeth in 10 years is yet to suffer from cavities, gum disease, bad breath or all three as it’s an accident waiting to happen.
It’s only a matter of time before the damage of failing to brush her teeth twice a day and flossing regularly will become apparent in the dentist’s chair.
There are some foods which help keep plaque at bay and rinsing our mouths with water also helps, but these don't do the job of proper brushing with toothpaste containing fluoride which fights plaque.
These ladies might think their teeth and mouths are ok, but they need to know bacteria in the mouth that isn't brushed away can also push immune systems into overdrive and cause a number of problems in other parts of the body, such as bacteria under the gum line causing infections."
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