October 9, 2013
by Oral Health America
According to a new public opinion survey commissioned by Oral Health America (OHA) and sponsored in part by 3M ESPE, over half of older adults polled in the US prioritize other medical conditions over the health of their mouth and have not given oral health much thought. This makes reaching older adults with this year’s Fall for Smiles® campaign even more important.
OHA’s annual Fall for Smiles communications campaign encourages Americans to maintain good oral health through brushing and flossing, regular dental visits, healthy eating, and avoiding tobacco. OHA is proud to announce 3M ESPE as a new major supporter of its initiatives.
“3M ESPE has been an OHA supporter for years and we are excited to participate in this year’s Fall for Smiles campaign,” said John Stefanick, Director, Industry & Professional Relations, 3M ESPE. “The results of the public opinion survey make it clear that the campaign’s focus on public awareness of oral health is important and we hope that our involvement will help Fall for Smiles reach even more Americans this year.”
3M ESPE is supporting the Fall for Smiles program through a special promotion with Patterson Dental to benefit OHA’s programs. Starting in October and running through the end of the year, 5 percent of all 3M ESPE Vanish™ 5% Sodium Fluoride White Varnish sales ordered through Patterson Dental will be donated to OHA, with a maximum donation of $50,000.
Those interested in learning more about the Fall for Smiles campaign and how they can participate can visit the Fall for Smiles webpage at www.oralhealthamerica.org/fallforsmiles.
 Oral Health America public opinion survey sponsored by Oral Healthcare Can’t Wait, 3M ESPE, and Crest + OralB. This statistic is from adults making less than $35,000 per year.