National survey finds oral health is a priority in perception, not practice
Americans place a high value on the importance of oral health, yet there is room for improvement when it comes to practicing proper oral hygiene at home, according to a nationwide survey of 1,008 adults released by Philips Sonicare. The findings suggest that consumers have good intentions toward taking care of their oral health, but need more education and motivation to follow through with standards of care. Americans value their own personal hygiene and make no exception when it comes to others. When meeting someone new, a person's smile was cited as the No. 1 characteristic that attracts positive attention (47 percent). Aspects of oral hygiene such as bad breath (89 percent) and yellow teeth (79 percent) took the lead for major first date turn-offs, outranking other physical traits like acne (52 percent) and baldness (21 percent).
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