Monday, October 13, 2014

Shakira spotlighting smiles with Crest

So it's not news that Shakira has been endorsing Crest 3D White Strips for a little over a year now, but what I do find interesting is facts/figures on Latinos and oral health.

According to a re-fielded national survey led by the Hispanic Dental Association Foundation (HDAF) and sponsored by Procter & Gamble (P&G) brand Crest, Latino's knowledge about oral health has improved since 2011. Take a look at some key findings below.

Improvements in U.S. Hispanic oral health 

The survey found some improvements amongst Latinos (in the U.S.) in their general oral health knowledge. Specifically:

  • Only 21% of Latinos currently are misinformed whether cavities will go away on their own if you brush regularly, which is a 30% decline since the 2011 survey (when 30% held this view)
  • 53% of Latinos are misinformed if brushing is more important than flossing, an improvement from 68% in 2011
Barriers to better oral health still faced by U.S. Hispanics 

When rating their personal oral health, and when responding to questions about specific oral health issues, the gaps between U.S. Hispanics and the General population still exist. Specifically:

  • Latinos still remain less likely to rate their overall oral health as “excellent” or “good”: 65% vs. 72% of the General population
  • One of the key barriers to better oral health for Latinos still remains a lack of dental insurance: 48% vs. 39% among the General population
  • 51% of Latinos surveyed correctly understand that gingivitis will not go away on its own with brushing – still less than 67% recorded among the General population
Do you visit the dentist? I must admit it's been two years since I went to the dentist. However, I have an appointment at the end of the month. I actually had braces as a child (in high school) but since then my teeth have always been healthy. Well, other than the dentist telling me I need to floss. 

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