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Call or Email Today: 801-764-9444 / [email protected] / 440 W 800 N Orem, UT 84057
Austin Powers

The answer is obvious, right? For anyone who’s been a consumer of any kind of American pop culture, you surely know that the British have a stereotype for having terrible teeth.

How sure are you about your answer though? It might surprise you to know that Americans have caught up with and even surpassed the English in some respects for having bad smiles.

According to a recent study, the oral health of Americans is no better than that of the British. London professor Richard Watt teamed up with English and researchers as well as a team from Harvard and did a cross sectional analysis of oral health care surveys on both sides of the Atlantic. The team’s motivation was to see whether the British really did suffer from bad teeth more than Americans. A few of the interesting findings from the study are as follows:

• Americans are missing more teeth than their British counterparts. On average (and this is factoring in people with no teeth, people missing many teeth, etc.) the English are missing 6.97 teeth per person while Americans are missing 7.31 teeth.
• Oral health generally is directly related to socioeconomic status. This relationship is much stronger in the United States than in England.
• Adults in the lowest socioeconomic levels have better teeth in England. Adults in the highest socioeconomic levels have better teeth in the United States.

British researchers were quick to conclude from the data that England has caught up and even surpassed the United States in oral health care delivery.

My take: I think the study is solid and I’ll accept the fact that basic preventative and restorative dental care in England and the United States are similar, but this study says nothing about cosmetic procedures and orthodontic care. We place such a high emphasis on aesthetics in our country, that I doubt England is anywhere near a comparable level. Taking care of staining and misaligned teeth is still very much an American thing. We still have the best teeth for now.

-Nicolas K. Young, DMD

About the author

I can't wait to meet you! I'm Dr. Nick Young and I've been here at Canyon Gate Dental since 2010. I initially joined Dr. Payne as an associate dentist and was so impressed with this great office and amazing patient family that I wanted join the team for good. I became an official partner of the practice at the end of 2012 and I love my job. As a general dentist, I enjoy all specialties of dentistry, but I like emergency dentistry in particular. It's so satisfying to help people look and feel great and also help them get out of pain. I'm from Provo and attended Brigham Young University for my undergraduate degree and the University of Louisville for dental school. I've been married for 9 years to my beautiful wife, Heather, and we have two young children. My favorite thing to do is be a daddy and rough house with my kids, but I also enjoy playing golf, watching football and basketball (Go Cougs!), and going on dates with my wife.

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