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The Scottish Health Survey: Volume 1: Main Report

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Table 2.2 Daily actions taken by people with some natural teeth to improve dental health, 2009, by age and sex

Aged 16 and over with some natural teeth
2009

Daily actions taken

Age

Total

16-24

25-34

35-44

45-54

55-64

65-74

75+

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Men with natural teeth a

Brush teeth with fluoride toothpaste

97

96

97

95

97

89

94

96

Use dental floss

11

11

24

18

16

17

21

17

Use mouth rinse

41

37

44

38

33

26

31

37

Restrict intake of sugary foods and drinks

15

22

29

27

24

12

11

22

Clean dentures (including soaking with a sterilising tablet)

-

1

3

9

18

32

36

9

Leave dentures out at night

-

1

1

5

5

15

19

4

None of these

2

4

2

3

-

1

2

2

Women with natural teeth a

Brush teeth with fluoride toothpaste

100

99

98

98

98

91

98

98

Use dental floss

25

28

39

43

35

34

27

34

Use mouth rinse

44

45

45

44

38

31

29

42

Restrict intake of sugary foods and drinks

22

31

33

33

31

20

21

29

Clean dentures (including soaking with a sterilising tablet)

1

1

4

9

21

39

38

11

Leave dentures out at night

1

1

2

6

9

20

34

7

None of these

-

1

1

1

1

3

1

1

Adults with natural teeth a

Brush teeth with fluoride toothpaste

98

97

98

97

98

90

96

97

Use dental floss

18

19

32

31

25

25

24

25

Use mouth rinse

42

41

45

41

35

29

30

39

Restrict intake of sugary foods and drinks

18

27

31

30

28

16

17

26

Clean dentures (including soaking with a sterilising tablet)

1

1

3

9

19

35

37

10

Leave dentures out at night

0

1

2

6

7

17

28

6

None of these

1

3

1

2

0

2

1

1

Bases (weighted):

Men

186

186

209

206

167

99

45

1099

Women

173

193

233

225

167

95

65

1152

All adults

359

380

442

432

334

194

110

2251

Bases (unweighted):

Men

100

146

184

200

161

122

69

982

Women

131

202

259

243

194

113

80

1222

All adults

231

348

443

443

355

235

149

2204

a This category includes some people who have both dentures and natural teeth