37% of adults recollect losing a milk tooth as the earliest dental memory, results from DentaVox survey “First Dental Memories” show. In their first tooth-related memory, most survey participants are at the age of 6 to 10 years old. Interestingly, for over half of the respondents (59%) the recollection is not distressful but evokes positive feelings.

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First dental memories

After losing a milk tooth, the second most common dental memory reported by 15% of respondents is related to toothache. At third place, brushing is recollected as the first memory by 11% of people. Interestingly, 9 % of survey participants remember eating toothpaste. It can be speculated why losing a milk tooth is the most vivid early dental memory. It is possible that the many traditions related to it can be contributing to its long lasting effect.


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Age at the first tooth-related memory

The majority of respondents picture themselves at the age of 6 to 10 years old at their earliest tooth-related recollection. It is relatively later in comparison to general memories, believed to originate from 3-3.5 years old age. The reason might be in the period related to the most common dental memory, losing a milk tooth which usually occurs around the age of 6 years old.


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Earliest advice related to oral health


The majority of respondents can recall advice related to toothbrushing (68%), tooth brush choice (53%) or how to use toothpaste (50%) as the earliest oral health advice received.

Interestingly, tooth-friendly eating habits did not make it to the top answers suggesting a potential gap in oral health education from an early age.


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Survey: First Dental Memories
Website: dentavox.dentacoin.com

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