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A new survey shows adults under 35 and low-income families with kids don't seek oral care.

We recently posted Money Where Your Mouth Is: 6 Tips to Save, and just ran across a new dental survey that says Americans are more likely to respond to a toothache with a painkiller than a trip to the dentist.

Non-profit Oral Health America, which released the survey, says it’s about money (according to 73 percent of respondents) rather than fear. It was sponsored by Procter & Gamble, which owns tons of household brands, including Crest toothpaste and Oral-B brushes. It also doesn’t mention the number of people surveyed.

But the other findings show who needs dental help most: young adults (ages 18-34) are least likely to seek care, followed by families with children earning under $50,000 a year.

The study is meant to promote OHA’s Fall for Smiles campaign, which promotes oral health and offers tips. Also check out 9 Ways to Save on Braces and 4 Ways to Save at the Dentist.

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