Half of Australians have admitted to skipping brushing their teeth during lockdown, according to results of a new survey released by HCF.
The online survey—conducted by YouGov on behalf of Australia’s largest not-for-profit private health fund, HCF—also revealed that more than 2.7 million Australians admit to skipping brushing their teeth daily during lockdown, and that as many as 1.9 million people were only prompted to brush their teeth during lockdown after putting on a mask and smelling their own breath.
Other reasons people were prompted to brush their teeth during lockdown included feeling unhygienic; teeth started to feel ‘furry’; feeling guilty; or they were about to leave home.
Aussies with kids at home under 18 were more likely than those without to delay or skip brushing teeth at least once a week; and one in four parents said they were motivated to brush their teeth to be a good role model for kids.
The survey also found that men were more likely than women to skip brushing their teeth on a daily basis; and Victorians were most likely to delay or skip brushing at least once a week, followed by Queenslanders and West Australians.
“During lockdown a lot of our daily life has changed, but one thing you can control is your dental health,” HCF dentist Dr Chris Ho said.
“While we’ve been forced to slow down, this is actually a great time to set up healthy habits like brushing twice a day for at least two minutes, flossing at least once a day and concentrating on good nutrition.”