The quality of life, over the long-run, is at stake for all those who fail to follow dental health guidelines, warn experts.
Earlier this year, research carried out by the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) for National Smile Month established that around one in three adults in the UK still do not brush their teeth for the suggested two full minutes a day.
Many people tend to neglect their oral health on a regular basis, for the need to get out of the house in the morning, as well as the commotion of work and modern technology.
This could have a far wider-reaching implication than most people foresee, Professor Stephen Porter, director of the UCL Eastman Dental Institute cautioned.
He explained: "We use our mouths for many activities that are associated with social interaction and enjoyment of life – eating, drinking, speech, socializing, and taste etc. Poor oral function equates with a lessening of the quality and enjoyment of life”.
The BDHF research also found adults over the age of 60 to be the most likely to stick to expert advice when it comes to the brushing of teeth.