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Pierre Fabre Oral Care and the UFSBD want to bring smiles back to the French from March 20

16 March 2018

If there is a link between general health and oral health, are the French aware of it? This is what Pierre Fabre Oral Care and the French Union for Oral Health (UFSBD) sought to find out by conducting “The French and their gum health” survey as part of the second edition of a tailor-made public health campaign: “Smiling Spring.”  Close-up on the incisive results!


Smiling Spring, a joint campaign between Pierre Fabre Oral Care and the UFSBD

Pierre Fabre Oral Care has always played an active role in public health and regularly participates in information and prevention initiatives with health professionals and/or the general public.

In 2017, Pierre Fabre Oral Care teamed up with the UFSBD (French Union for Oral Health) to launch the first edition of “Smiling Spring,” a month-long campaign of awareness, motivation and education to adopt good resolutions for oral health, on the occasion of World Oral Health Day on March 20.

The second edition of “Smiling Spring” features a number of highlights and initiatives throughout the spring: actions for the general public, training of pharmacists, training of pharmacy teams, awareness programs for Pierre Fabre employees, operations in pharmacies, and much more.

The first highlight? Tuesday, March 13, 2018 with the release of the results of “The French and their gum health” survey during a press conference in Paris by Dr. Sophie Dartevelle, President of the UFSBD.

The French and their gum health: a Pierre Fabre Oral Care and UFSBD survey

“The French and their gum health” survey was conducted among 32,421 French people from December 8, 2017 to January 20, 2018 via Facebook, Twitter and the Internet.

It was organized around three main themes:

  • The perception of overall health and oral health (especially periodontal),
  • Frequency of dental visits,
  • Oral hygiene practices

Why question the French about their gum health?

On World Oral Health Day on March 20, Pierre Fabre Oral Care and UFSBD can thus:

  • Raise awareness about the importance of oral hygiene and its impact on general health
  • Identify the level of information people have on risk factors related to periodontal diseases

Survey results: an urgent need to tackle the public health issue of periodontal diseases 

The results of the Pierre Fabre Oral Care and UFSBD survey on “The French and their gum health” reveal that the French have a poor understanding of the links between oral health and general health. 

The key results of the survey are as follows:

  • 93% of respondents consider themselves in good general health and 68% in good oral health
  • The French do not recognize the impact of periodontal diseases on their general health and have a very low awareness of the warning signs in terms of oral health.
  • In the event of gum problems, few French people resort to health practices (self-medication or health professionals)
  • A lack of awareness of periodontal diseases ... but a fairly good knowledge of the main causes of gum diseases
  • Depending on the age, the identification of the main cause of tooth loss varies...