Are celebrities at the root of our dental vanity?

Jessica Chastain and her perfect pearly whites
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Britain is suffering from dental vanity according to Bupa, and celebrities are at the root of the problem. 

According to a new 1,000-strong survey by the global health company, over half of Brits are feeling the pressure to have perfect teeth just like those seen on screen. Less than one in 10 of us are proud of our natural pearlies, with half of us going on to say that straight, perfectly shaped, blue-white, celebrity-style teeth look far better, and far healthier.

But Bupa has issued a warning: it believes that we’re paying an unhealthy price for famously good-looking nashers, and that our dental health is now at the risk of a new appearance versus health issue – better looking teeth doesn’t automatically mean they’re in better nick. 

“It’s crucial not to think that having beautifully formed or white teeth automatically means that you have healthy teeth. Conversely, not having bright, white, teeth doesn’t necessarily mean your teeth are unhealthy,” warns Bupa dentist, Lance Knight.

Key findings also included the fact that tooth decay now affects one third of us, while two thirds of us are plagued by plaque. As Bupa argues, ‘these results reveal the true scale of dental health issues in the UK and that just focusing on superficial dental appearance could negatively impact our oral health.’

Commenting on the research, Knight adds: “Of course most people want their teeth to look good but appearance isn’t everything when it comes to having a healthy set of teeth. It’s vital that people thoroughly brush and clean all their teeth and gums, and not just the front teeth, to prevent issues such as  tooth decay or gum disease, which many people across the UK still suffer from.”