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New Survey Shows Americans Value Oral Health But Knowledge Gap Remains
Date:5/15/2008

Oral Health America Launches National Smile Month on May 18

CHICAGO, May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Oral health is a top health priority for 64 percent of adults in the United States right now, but even more adults (82 percent) are unaware of the role that infectious bacteria can play in tooth decay, or cavities, according to a new public opinion survey sponsored by Oral Health America and Philips Sonicare. The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive(R), is part of the first-ever U.S. National Smile Month, from May 18 to June 17. National Smile Month aims to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health habits, including brushing, healthy food choices, and regular dental visits. The National Smile Month "Brush for Health!" theme focuses on raising public awareness about the connection between oral care and overall health.

"The survey results make it clear that Americans know the benefits of dental care, but lack a greater understanding of the disease processes that can cause tooth decay," says Robert Klaus, President and CEO of Oral Health America. "This means that there are still significant opportunities to educate the public."

The survey results indicate overall good news about the oral care habits of adults in the United States. On average, adults say they brush their teeth for the recommended two minutes. Adults who brush their teeth say they are more likely to do so for two minutes on weekdays (59 percent), rather than on weekends (23 percent), highlighting the importance of a seven-day-a-week routine. In an interesting twist, 41 percent agree that, if asked by their dentist, they would say they always brush for the recommended amount of time, even if it isn't true or they aren't sure. A majority (70 percent) of adults who brush on a daily basis report that they replace their manual toothbrush or power toothbrush head once every three months, or more often. Regular replacement of tooth brushes or brush heads is important since b
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