In the world of beauty everything counts. So a well-put makeup, a well-done hairstyle or an outfit that makes us look spectacular, can go overboard if we do not pay attention to our oral hygiene.
Hispanics apparently don't excel at this. According to the Hispanic Dental Association, the percentage of untreated dental diseases in Hispanics (40%) is almost double that of non-Hispanics (24%). Of these, Mexicans have the fewest visits to the dentist in the US.
As part of her "Redefine Clean" campaign, Listerine conducted a survey where she interviewed 1,000 Hispanics about dental hygiene. 95% of them agreed that they could do more than brush their teeth. But other revealing data was also discovered:
- Only a third of Hispanics use dental floss and a therapeutic mouthwash in the morning.
-54% have bled while brushing or flossing in the past year.
-Less than half (45%) say they have gone to the dentist twice a year (for preventive tooth care), and 54% attribute the lack of visits to not having dental insurance.
It is clear that we should do much more to keep our teeth clean, but first it is essential to understand the importance of each step involved in this care. "Many people don't realize that brushing only cleans 25% of the mouth. Recent scientific studies suggest that some of the germs found in the mouth may be related to chronic diseases," says the dentist and director of Oral Health Research. by Listerine. "Oral hygiene should not be taken lightly, so it is important to brush, floss, and mouthwash twice a day."