Oral care much more of an issue these days


A popular stereotype of the Japanese is wonky teeth, which whilst there is a lot of truth to it, the awareness of good oral health has improved in not just my opinion, but in the opinion of the Orange Page’s monitor group, according to the results of this survey into oral care. This survey was conducted in conjunction with Philips

I’ve finally started using an inter-dental brush for bits of food that get stuck; I cannot floss as I don’t like touching my teeth with my hands, and indeed the dental hygienist flossing for me is more stressful than the drill! I used to use an electric brush, but I never really enjoyed it, and gave up once the battery stopped holding its recharge.

Here’s a polite Japanese toothbrush found probably in a hotel’s amenity set:

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Stuffed noses and open mouths

For how long did you have a blocked nose last year? graph of japanese statisticsWith hay fever season almost upon us, this seems like quite a good time to take a look at a recent survey from iShare into blocked noses.


Over the 7th and 8th of February 2012 1,086 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.6% of the sample were male, 33.5% in their twenties, 33.3% in their thirties, and 33.1% in their forties.

I get a badly-stuffed nose for about a month thanks to hay fever, and for a few days here and there throughout the year for probably mildly-allergic reactions to unidentified agents. My pet hates about a blocked nose are blowing so hard I get a nosebleed or at the other extreme not blowing enough and dripping snot onto desks and tables. Furthermore, on bad days all the phlegm going down my throat upsets my stomach.
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