Greeks leave bad taste in mouth, study finds

Greeks leave a lot to be desired when it comes to dental hygiene, according to a study by dentists made public yesterday which found that of 15 European countries surveyed, the least amount of toothpaste is used in Greece. On average, each Greek squeezes a total of some 190ml of toothpaste onto his or her toothbrush each year, compared to an EU average of 300ml, says the Greek Dental Association. The low figure is explained by the fact that, of some 6,000 Greeks polled, just over a third follow dentists’ recommendations and brush their teeth twice a day. Almost 5 percent never pick up a toothbrush. Also, just a third of those aged between 35 and 44 went to a dentist for a regular checkup and only 0.3 percent of that age group had no cavities at all. In the same age group, Athenians had lost the least number of teeth to decay and residents of Ioannina the most.

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