Who wants to hear that their teeth and gums are in bad shape? Who gets excited at the thought of needing extensive dental work?

Okay. Besides this guy?

Suffice it to say, it’s hard to have a good attitude toward taking care of your teeth when your oral health isn’t great. Who wants to spit blood after brushing and flossing? Who wants to look closely at their stained or decayed teeth? Receeded gums?

Still, a group of Swedish researchers felt the need to study “Oral Health-Related Perceptions, Attitudes, and Behavior in Relation to Oral Hygiene Conditions in an Adolescent Population”, published last month in the European Journal of Oral Sciences.

Prepare. To. Be. Astounded.

They found that those teens who had more problems with biofilm (plaque) and gum disease were more likely to have certain “perceptions”:

  • Their oral health isn’t great.
  • They’re less satisfied with how their teeth look.
  • Their gums bleed more often during toothbrushing.
  • Their home care isn’t great.
  • They don’t feel that what they do to take care of their teeth and gums will make much of a difference.
  • They don’t think cleaning their teeth is so important.
  • They don’t think good oral health matters all that much.

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