While the majority of us are more than happy to smile for the camera we are not so keen on putting our gnashers on display when it comes to saying “cheese”, according to a new poll from the Oral Health Foundation and Oral-B in the UK.
Less than a third (29%) of us said we are likely to pose for a photograph with an open mouth smile, with findings showing that discolored teeth are the biggest reason we are not flashing our pearly whites (33%).
But despite these stats – the Brits still do not brush their teeth twice a day, with over half (55%) of UK adults admitting that they can only brush once a day!
In the UK an estimated 17 million selfies are posted every week on social media, but for Dr Nigel Carter, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation there are a distinct lack of smiles amongst them.
Dr Carter said: “Discolored and crooked teeth are two of the biggest reasons identified for the lack of toothy smiles but thankfully addressing these and taking care of our oral health is quite simple. As long as we brush our teeth for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, cut down on how often we eat sugary foods and drinks, and visit the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend, we can help address major oral health problems.
“While most of us do choose to smile for a photo (75%) most of us are opting not to show our teeth. Interestingly, the research has also revealed that women are far more likely smile for a photo than men; with more than 80% going for a grin compared to 68% of men.”