The Hollywood star announced on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that she only brushes her teeth a few times each week.
The 29 year old actress and singer, who is known for her glamorous image as much as her work, is one famous name the public look to for beauty and health tips. But this is one habit the public really shouldn’t follow.
Jessica admitted “I only brush my teeth maybe three times a week – I don’t brush every day.”
The star continued: “It’s because my teeth are so white and I don’t like them to feel too slippery, but I do use Listerine mouthwash and I do floss every day. My lips just slide all over the place… I can’t catch up with my mouth. So I need a little coating. I know it’s gross, but I always have fresh breath.”
The British Dental Health Foundation emphasises that brushing teeth twice a day is crucial to maintain a healthy smile.
The Foundation’s Chief Executive, Dr Nigel Carter, said: “Brushing is important because it removes plaque, which if left can build up on the teeth and cause tooth decay and gum disease. In fact, a good dental care routine can prevent most dental problems and decrease the need for treatments such as fillings and extractions.
“Past studies have found connections between oral health and serious illness and conditions such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes and premature births. Caring for teeth should be something everyone makes time to do, as keeping your teeth healthy can help keep your body healthy too.”
The Foundation recommends brushing teeth first thing in the morning and last thing at night, for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Brushing alone cleans less than two thirds of the mouth, and as it is the area between the teeth where both decay and gum disease start, it is important to use either interdental brushes or floss as part of an oral health–care routine.
Cutting down on how often sugary foods and drinks feature in a diet is also beneficial to oral health, and the Foundation suggests waiting at least one hour after eating or drinking before brushing, otherwise you risk damaging the protective layer on the teeth.
The National Dental Helpline offers free and confidential advice and information on numerous dental topics, including advice on the best way to care for teeth. Its oral health advisors can be contacted on 0845 063 1188, between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
For further information please contact the Foundation’s Press Office on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01788 539799.
The British Dental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading oral health charity, with a 30–year track record of providing public information and influencing government policy. It maintains a free consumer advice service, an impartial and objective product accreditation scheme, publishes and distributes a wide range of literature for the profession and consumers, and runs National Smile Month each May, to promote greater awareness of the benefits of better oral health.
The Dental Helpline, which offers free impartial advice to consumers, can be contacted on 0845 063 1188 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Alternatively, they can be contacted by email on email@example.com
A series of ‘Tell Me About…’ leaflets covering topics such as caring for my teeth, finding a dentist and diet are also available.
The Foundation’s website can be found at www.dentalhealth.org