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Hispanics Placing Their Oral Health at Risk by Cutting Back on Routine Dental Care
Date:5/26/2009

In wake of recent poll results dental expert notes importance of regular oral care to protect areas that dentists check most

MIAMI, May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Results from a 2008 Gallup-Healthways poll(1) show that 42 percent of Hispanics have not visited the dentist in the past 12 months, even though the American Dental Association recommends having regular check-ups and cleanings twice a year. In contrast, 29 percent of all Americans responded that they did not see a dentist in the prior year.

As reported by USA Today, according to Gallup, over half of those making less than $2,000 a month reported omitting visits as well. These results may indicate that the tight economy is forcing many Americans to cut back on dental care.

Dr. Cesar Sabates, Vice-President of the Florida Dental Association, is collaborating with Crest(R) Pro-Health(TM) to raise awareness in the Hispanic community of the importance of taking care of their oral health, even in times of financial strain, and making sure that they are paying attention to and caring for these key areas that dentists check the most: cavities, gingivitis, plaque, stain, sensitivity and breath.

"Skipping regular dental care is risky and can lead to serious and costly tooth and gum problems in the long run. Having a daily dental care routine that includes a toothpaste that helps prevent conditions like cavities and gum disease among others, such as Crest Pro-Health, is an optimal and preventative way to maintain a healthy mouth all year round, especially when regular visits to the dentist are not possible," said Sabates.

According to Crest, some studies have indicated that there may be a link between gum disease and a number of health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes.

The American Dental Association recommends the following tips for daily oral care:

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