For decades, Americans mocked the Brits because of the latter’s ugly teeth.
There has always been a belief that the British have worse teeth compared to Americans. In fact, several shows and films, like The Simpsons and Austin Powers, stereotyped British characters as people with terrible teeth and hideous smiles.
Austin Powers Bites Back
However, a recent study titled ‘Austin Powers Bites Back’ debunked this longstanding stereotype. Researchers from the United Kingdom and the United States looked at the data from the U.S. National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey and the English Adult Dental Health Survey before making their conclusions.
The study analysed data, such as the number of missing teeth for each person, people’s ratings of their own oral health, and the impact of their dental health to their daily lives. It revealed that US citizens had more missing teeth (7.31) than the British (6.97) did. It also showed that due to socioeconomic factors, Americans are more likely to have poor dental health.
Dental Care from the British Government
Through the National Health Service, British citizens have easier access to dental care. On the other hand, Americans rely mainly on private dental insurance. Thus, not every American can afford to visit their dentist regularly.
Increased Dental Care Awareness in England
Through prevalent advertisements of dental products and technologies, Americans have always been aware of dental care. In contrast, millions of adults in the UK need braces but are afraid to try corrective teeth procedures, according to the Dental Care Partnership. However, England is starting to catch up with innovations in dentistry, particularly in the fields of cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics. As a result, there has been a significant increase in dental awareness and dental procedures among the British citizens.
The UK still has a long way to go to solve all the dental issues in the country. However, for now, the British can smile at the fact that the longstanding “Austin Powers” stereotype is finally debunked.