Facts and Figures


Looking after our teeth

  • One in four adults admit they don’t brush twice a day, including a third of men.
  • One in ten admit they regularly forget to brush their teeth.
  • 42% of adults use just a toothbrush and toothpaste for their oral care.
  • Only 31% of adults use mouthwash.
  • Shockingly less than a quarter of adults use dental floss regularly.
  • One in three people have NEVER flossed their teeth.
  • Brushing only once a day means your 33% more likely to develop tooth decay.

Visiting the Dentist

  • 61% of adults in England, 60% in Northern Ireland and 69% in both Wales and Scotland now attend their dentists regularly. In 1978, the figure was just 44% in England and 39% in Wales.
  • Half of adults say they visit their dentist every 6 months and 21% of adults say they visit their dentist annually.
  • But a quarter of adults admit they have not visited a dentist in the past two years.
  • More than a quarter of adults only visit their dentist when they have a problem.
  • Around 2% of the population have never visited a dentist.
  • The UK is one of the most likely nations in Europe to visit their dentist for a check-up. The UK was ranked second (72%), after only the Netherlands (79%).

The state of our teeth

  • Only 6% of adults have no natural teeth. In 1978, the figure was as high as 37% in the UK.
  • The number of adults with 21 or more natural teeth has risen to 86% in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In 1978, this was as low as 68% in Northern Ireland.
  • Over four-fifths of the population have at least one filling.
  • On average each adult has seven fillings.
  • 31% of adults have tooth decay.
  • A whopping 74% of all adults have had to have a tooth extracted.
  • Only 9% of men and 11% of women have oral health which is classed as excellent.
  • 66% have visible plaque.
  • 29% of us suffer from regular dental pain.
  • Nearly half the population are unhappy with their teeth (48%) with discoloured teeth (64 per cent) the main reason for being unhappy.
  • Mouth cancer is the 10th most common cancer in men in the UK and 15th most common in women.

Our aim at Guildford Dental Practice is to maintain and provide the best care for our patients 🙂

Guildford Dental Practice care at its best.