Failing to follow dental health guidelines can lead to a significant fall in quality of life over the long-run, experts have warned.
Earlier this year, research carried out by the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) for National Smile Month found that around one in three adults in the UK still do not brush their teeth for the recommended two full minutes a day.
The research found that a need to get out of the house inn the morning, as well as the distractions of work and modern technology mean many people are neglecting their oral health on a regular basis.
Professor Stephen Porter, director of the UCL Eastman Dental Institute, warned that this could have far wider-reaching implications than most people anticipate.
He explained: "We use our mouths for many activities that are associated with social interaction and enjoyment of life – eating, drinking, speech, socialising, taste etc.
"Poor oral function equates with a lessening of the quality and enjoyment of life."
The BDHF research also found adults over the age of 60 to be the most likely to stick to expert advice when it comes to the brushing of teeth.