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UK children ‘often lie about brushing their teeth’

23rd November 2017

Many children in the UK are telling lies about their tooth-brushing habits, according to a new survey.

More than 2,000 people were surveyed by Brushlink for this study, which showed that 48 percent of UK kids lied all the time or occasionally by falsely telling their parents they had brushed their teeth.

Moreover, one-fifth went further to make it look like they had cleaned their teeth by taking steps such as wetting their toothbrush, suggesting that many youngsters have a deep-rooted aversion to the habit.

Although the most effective way to ensure kids have cleaned their teeth is to supervise their brushing, only one-third of parents surveyed said they did so twice a day, while 13 percent said they have never supervised their children's brushing.

Dr Dev Patel, founder and chief executive officer of Brushlink, said: "By instilling good oral health techniques in children while they are young we are not only saving them from painful, costly and ultimately unnecessary treatment, but we are also setting them up for a healthier mouth into adulthood."

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