Over 90 per cent of Irish adults find bad oral hygiene a major “ick”

by Rose Barrett
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Today is World Oral Care Day, and to mark the event, Oral-B has revealed new research* around Irish people’s attitudes towards bad oral care, especially when it comes to relationships and even romance. 

According to the new study, over 9 in 10 (91per cent) Irish adults confessed to finding bad oral hygiene a major “ick”. It was discovered that women are the biggest culprits when it comes to getting “icked” out, with 63% admitting they’re always turned off by poor oral care.

In addition, it was revealed that over 36pc of adults stated they would most certainly brush-off a second date if they discovered the other person had poor oral hygiene and of those surveyed, it was 42pc of women who said that a second date would be a no-go, compared to 30pc of males.

Despite the research findings and level of “ick”, only a fifth of adults said they’d be willing to broach the often-awkward conversation of bad oral care with their friends. The survey showed that 23pc said they’d stay silent on the matter when it comes to their friend’s bad breath or appearance. However, for 18 to 24-year-olds, they said when it comes to expressing awkward news to their friends, 32% claim they’d always speak up when faced with a friend’s oral care faux pas.

This World Oral Care Day, take charge of your oral health and banish the “ick” from your life – for good! And if anyone sprung to mind when you read this, it might be time to play tooth fairy and gift them their very own Oral-B electric toothbrush and toothpaste. 

With its unique round brush head, the Oral-B electric toothbrushes remove up to 100 per cent more plaque than a standard manual toothbrush for cleaner teeth and healthier gums. You can find Oral-B electric toothbrushes in Dunnes Stores, Tesco and pharmacies nationwide.

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