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.
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.
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