Monthly Archives: June 2011

June is Oral Health Month!

Oral Health Month

Hosted by Colgate and the Hispanic Dental Association, from now until June 30, this annual campaign will encourage the U.S. Hispanic community to join Colgate’s “fight for zero cavities” by educating families about the importance of proper oral care.

The Hispanic population has become the largest minority group in the United States, resulting in an increase in oral health care demands. In fact, minority populations bear a disproportionate burden of oral disease in the United States, according to a recent report by the U.S. Surgeon General. Current data indicates that Hispanics have less access to dental care and are half as likely to visit the dentist regularly – in fact, approximately 51% of Hispanic adults (aged 18-64) in the U.S. did not go to the dentist in 2009.

“Unfortunately, the growing rate of oral health disparities continues to have a major impact on Hispanics in the U.S.,”says Margo Melchor, RDH, MEd, President, Hispanic Dental Association. “The Hispanic Dental Association is dedicated to helping improve oral care among Hispanics and is proud to support Colgate’s Oral Health Month. This month, our HDA professional and student members will be reaching out to underserved Hispanic communities by providing free dental screenings and oral hygiene education to children via Colgate’s Bright Smiles, Bright FuturesTM program.”

Colgate’s flagship program Bright Smiles, Bright FuturesTM will also travel to under-served communities, in key markets throughout June to provide free oral health education, dental screenings, and treatment referrals to children 12 and under, as well as education for parents on how they can maintain their families’ oral health.

Check out the Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Van schedule for locations and dates. If you need to find a dentist who offers great pricing, check out

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The Perfect Summer Accessory

We are half way through 2011! Can you believe it? It seems like, just yesterday, we were cheering in the New Year. But here we are at the beginning of summer.


So, with the weather warming up and people concentrating on their summer wardrobe I thought we could talk about what the most important summer accessory will be: your SMILE =)

A 2009 national survey from the American Dental Association, Crest® and  Oral B® found that the smile outranked eyes, hair and the body as the most attractive physical feature on the opposite sex.  However, “men and women differ when it comes to taking care of their teeth and gums. The nationally representative survey of 1,000 Americans ages 18 and older found 86 percent of women brush their teeth twice or more a day, yet only 66 percent of men do so,” according to the survey. And everybody needs to floss more “Only half of those surveyed (49 percent) say they floss their teeth once a day or more often.”

How can we brighten up our smiles? Dr. Ada Cooper, an ADA consumer adviser and practicing dentist in New York City says, “Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, eating a balanced diet, and visiting your dentist regularly can help keep your smile healthy.”

So instead of hitting the mall this weekend lets think about our dentists. Don’t have a dentist? Check out A quick check up can brighten up your smile and help brighten up your summer!

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