The strangest places we’ve brushed our teeth

A new survey has revealed the strangest places we’ve brushed our teeth

The Great Wall of China was one of the more unusual places we brush our teeth, a survey has shown.

The survey, commissioned by the British Dental Health Foundation, asked more than 2,000 Brits the most unusual places they had brushed their teeth, with answers ranging from the Masai Mara while on safari to a delivery room while their partner was giving birth, and everything in between.

‘There are so many great answers it’s difficult to cover them all,’ Dr Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, said.

‘So many of us seem to take our toothbrush wherever we go; mountains, jungles and even dates.

‘This is good news as it shows just how many people understand the importance of regularly brushing their teeth.

‘Brushing your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste is one of the British Dental Health Foundation’s key messages.

‘Taking four minutes out of 1,440 in the day sounds pretty simple, but you would be surprised just how many people forego this most basic of health tasks.

‘Particularly for travelers your routine can be thrown off-course, be it as a result of a long-haul flight or the lack of sanitation.

‘However, it’s really important to keep up an oral health routine.

‘Brushing teeth, particularly last thing at night, is an essential part of that routine.’

Planes, trains and automobiles were popular choices, one respondent however, cleaned their teeth in a bomb shelter whilst in Israel.

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