There is a common belief that Brits have horrible teeth in comparison to Americans. The entertainment industry has played a role in promoting this view with things like “The Big Book of British Smiles” in the Simpsons and the movie, Austin Powers.

A study published in the Christmas issue of the BMJ compared the oral health of American and British adults. What they found may surprise you.

Contrary to popular belief, researchers found that the mean number of missing teeth was significantly higher in the US (7.31) than in England (6.97).

Researchers looked at socioeconomic factors and found greater inequalities in the US, probably due to differences in health care funding between both countries.

It looks like Americans are the ones with the bad oral health…

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