Philips Sonicare has partnered with Oral Health America (OHA) to conduct a public opinion survey to reveal the state of oral health in America.

Survey findings include:

• Many dental professionals are discussing the impact of oral health on overall health with their patients. Nearly 49% of adults in the US say that their dental professional asked about their overall health at their last dental appointment.

• Americans are still in the dark when it comes to certain aspects of oral health. For example, 82% of adults are unaware of the role that infectious bacteria can play in tooth decay or cavities.

• Many Americans are taking control of their oral health by changing their brush or brush head regularly and brushing for the recommended 2 minutes. However, fibbing about brushing and flossing habits is common.

[Oral Health America, May 15, 2008]