Four in 10 people are failing to brush their teeth at least once a day.
That’s despite nearly one quarter of us being concerned about the colour of our teeth, and 33% of us admitting we spot stains on other people’s teeth.
The research*, carried out dental whitening company White Glo, found that the worst UK offenders when it comes to oral hygiene are London, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Dr George Sotiropoulous, head of dental research at White Glo says: ‘Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is important to keep teeth and gums healthy.
‘Even if you only brush your teeth once a day, it should be at night to ensure food debris is removed from the day.’
We’ve tested electric toothbrushes from big brands, including Oral B and Philips Sonicare. The key part of our tests is how well each electric toothbrush removes plaque.
Head to Best Buy electric toothbrushes for gleaming results.
Are whitening toothpastes any good?
You might consider a whitening toothpaste if you’re among the 23% of Brits surveyed who’s concerned about the colour of your teeth.
Toothpastes make all kinds of promises, so we teamed up with three toothpaste and dental experts to assess the truth behind the claims.
We looked at the whitening claims on Macleans White & Shine and Colgate Max White One toothpastes. We analysed other toothpastes, too – including those promising to improve gum health and protect enamel erosion.
To find out what the experts make of these promises, head to our guide on choosing the best toothpaste.
The best electric toothbrushes
We’ve found Best Buy electric toothbrushes that do a stellar job of cleaning teeth and gums and hold charge well. This means you won’t find yourself scrambling around for the charger too often.
Electric toothbrushes from Oral B, Philips Sonicare, Colgate and Superdrug have all been through our scientific tests. So we can recommend where it’s worth spending your money – and where it’s not.
Some electric toothbrushes costing less than £50 outperform others costing more than £100. Head to our electric toothbrush reviews to ensure you don’t splash out for substandard results.
*White Glo’s research was conducted on 2,000 adults by Vital Statistics using an online consumer panel between 21st and 25th April 2016.