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Do the British have worse teeth than Americans?

Monday, January 4, 2016 9:50
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There is a long standing joke that the British have worse teeth than Americans, but is there any truth behind it? Unfortunately, the joke may be on us as a new study has found that British folk actually have slightly better teeth than Americans. The difference is that Americans are more inclined to have their teeth straightened and whitened.

Co-author Dr. Richard Watt said, “For at least 100 years there has been a popular belief in the U.S. that Americans have far superior teeth to the English.” The joke has been found on many common television shows and movies like Austin Powers and The Simpsons. “However, no detailed research has examined if this is actually true or not,” added Dr. Watt. “[And] our results showed that Americans do not have better teeth than the English. In fact, they had significantly more missing teeth, and inequalities in oral health were much worse in the U.S. compared to England.”

The researchers compared data from nearly 16,000 Brits and 19,000 Americans. Americans between the ages of 25 and 65 were found to have higher rates of missing teeth compared to Brits in the same age group, but after 65 the Brits began losing more teeth.

Older Brits report higher levels of oral pain, difficulty eating, discouraging smile, and having their smile negatively impact their social life.


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