The cost of looking after your oral health: Average Brit spends £196 every year!News
Posted by: The Probe 1st June 2018
BRITISH ADULTS are spending almost £200 a year looking after their smile by purchasing oral health care products, according to the results of a nationwide survey.
An investigation by the Oral Health Foundation, looking at the spending power of more than 2,000 people from across the United Kingdom, finds Brits are spending an average of £16.34 on products such as toothpaste, mouthwash, interdental brushes and sugar free chewing gum each month.1
As the number of people visiting a dentist continues to rise, and with treatments such as tooth whitening becoming more popular, the charity says the population is now placing a much greater emphasis on good oral health.
Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, believes more people now recognise the importance of a healthy mouth and its links with overall wellbeing.
Dr Carter says: “The health of your mouth is a really useful indicator for determining the state your overall health and wellbeing. A healthy mouth often translates to a healthy body and this message is being adopted by greater numbers of a population which is becoming significantly more health-conscious.
“Taking better care of your mouth at home through a daily oral hygiene routine, reducing sugar consumption, and visiting the dentist for check-ups or treatments, is all having a positive impact transforming Britain’s oral health.
“Heart disease, strokes, diabetes, premature births and respiratory disease are just some of the problems that can be caused or made worse by poor oral health, so by investing more time and money into the health of your mouth you are demonstrating a very clear ambition to improve the quality of your life.”
Further findings from the study shows those in London are likely to spend the most on oral health products, with residents spending an average of £25.53 every month – more than 50% above the national average. Those living in Oxford (£23.72), York (£19.83) and Liverpool (£18.03) are also top spenders when it comes to oral health.
Residents who spend the least amount of money per month on oral health products are in Sheffield (£7.46), Leeds (£7.81) and Belfast (£8.53).