Last laugh: Americans do not have better teeth than the English, researchers have proven (file image)
They looked for examples of missing teeth, adults’ perceptions of their oral health and the effect of poor teeth on daily life such as pain, difficulty eating and avoiding smiling.
The study showed the average number of missing teeth was higher in the US (7.31) than in England (6.97).
Americans were also more likely to suffer poor dental health due to socio-economic factors.
Americans were also more likely to suffer poor dental health due to socio-economic factors (file image)
The University College London researchers wrote: ‘There is a longstanding belief in the United States that the British have terrible teeth.
‘This view dates back at least 100 years, with toothpaste adverts extolling the virtues of American smiles.’
But they concluded: ‘We’ve shown the oral health of Americans is not better than the English.’
The light-hearted study was included in the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal.