We all know the classic stereotype of British people having really bad teeth. But which country has the best teeth in the world? An interesting question, most but by no means an easy one to set about answering. Where do you start?
The answer: OECD’s Health at a Glance 2009 Indicators survey. Luckily for us, someone’s already done all the hard work finding it all out! The survey analyses the average number of decayed, missing or filled teeth of 12 year olds in each country surveyed. This is a relatively common measure of dental health taken from the DMFT index. So, drum roll please, let’s take a look at the top five!
Tied for fifth place we have this trio of countries with a 1.1 average of decayed, missing or filled teeth amongst 12 year olds. Interestingly, 30% of Australians go without regular dental care due to, among other things, the distance they need to travel to get down to their practice. We can’t blame them, Australia is huge!
Hej! Fantastiskt! In at number four, we have Sweden with a score of 1. The country famous for bringing us IKEA, ABBA and H&M (all the abbreviations!), also by the looks of things have great teeth!
Representing number three on our list: Switzerland and the Netherlands. To be fair, we’d be smiling too if we were as well known for our great cheeses (and teeth) as these two!
In at second we have the European duo of Denmark and Luxembourg. A solid performance from the two small nations – considering that Luxembourg only has just over half a million people! In other words, Luxembourg has roughly the same population as Glasgow!
And the winner(s)…
- Germany/United Kingdom
Splitting the top spot, we have Germany and, surprisingly, the United Kingdom. Vindication! No longer must we accept the incorrect cliché that we have bad teeth. Along with German kids, British 12 year olds only have on average 0.7 decayed, missing or filled teeth!
These surprising results make for interesting reading. But then again, with great dentists like the team at Pure Smiles looking after British teeth, is it really that much of a surprise? (You can thank us later!)