A recent survey of the U.S. Hispanic population reveals gaps in oral health knowledge and access to care
With current headlines focused on the battles over health care reform, growing obesity and other health challenges facing the United States (U.S.), it seems that little attention focuses on oral health. What many do not realize is that oral health and overall health may be connected. In fact, some studies suggest that poor oral health may be linked to other health complications, including stroke, heart disease and diabetes.
Americans have significant oral health challenges to address. A recent national survey led by the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) and sponsored by Crest® and Oral-B® revealed that one group in particular – U.S. Hispanics – are generally lagging behind other Americans in many aspects of oral care and practice. The study indicates that many Hispanics across the U.S. are not adequately caring for their mouths, teeth and gums; many do not see a dentist regularly; many are not passing on good oral health care habits to their children; and many misperceptions about oral health care exist.
The survey also shows that Hispanics -- the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population -- have significant barriers to overcome to achieve better oral health. Overall, Hispanics believe that more information about good oral health habits, better access to affordable oral health care, and more Hispanic and Spanish-speaking dentists and dental hygienists in their communities would help them “a lot” in achieving and maintaining good oral health.
Learn more about the survey findings by downloading the mini-report.Additionally, the downloadable brochure highlights key facts and debunks top misperceptions about oral care to help you talk with your dental professional at your next appointment.