family-smilingA healthy smile is the best smile !

The first-ever Crest and Oral-B Great Canadian Smile Survey (online Ipsos Reid poll conducted 8-14 October 2009), found that 57 per cent of Canadians say their smile is important to them, yet surprisingly only 4 per cent follow the dentist-recommended oral care regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing.

The survey revealed time and fatigue as the culprits for poor oral hygiene.  Two in three Canadians cite a healthy smile as an important health factor (62 per cent), ranking behind cardiovascular health (81 per cent) and healthy eating (76 per cent) – however, Canadians admit they aren’t making time to take proper care of their smiles. By not taking care of their smiles, Canadians put themselves at a greater risk for gingivitis, the earliest form of gum disease.

The survey also revealed that 26 per cent of Canadians visit the dentist less often than once a year, with 42 per cent of them saying they can’t afford it and 29 per cent specifically citing a lack of dental insurance as the reasons they don’t go.

April is National Oral Health Month.  At this time, we would like to remind all Canadians that it takes less than 10 minutes a day to maintain a healthy-looking smile.  Remember, a healthy smile is indeed the best smile !