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Most diabetics do not change oral health habits after diagnosis, study finds

BY Antoinette Alexander

WESTPORT, Conn. Many active diabetes managers have not changed their oral care habits since being diagnosed, despite the fact they are at higher risk for developing serious complications from poor oral hygiene, according to a study by dLife, a multimedia network serving the diabetes community, and market research firm SoundView Research.

Furthermore, more than half of active diabetes managers surveyed had not been advised by their dentists to take extra care to brush, floss or rinse daily.

"The results of this study show the gulf that exists between perceptions and the connections between diabetes and oral health. Your dental health absolutely affects the control of your diabetes," stated Charles Martin, a dentist, author and founder of DentistryForDiabetics.com. "Inflammation in the mouth coming from gum disease spreads to the whole body. This inflammation increases insulin resistance, cholesterol levels and C-reactive protein levels. So, uncontrolled oral disease can be the hidden factor working against those trying to maintain good control over their diabetes."

Eight hundred people with diabetes were surveyed on their knowledge of what they considered "good" daily oral health care. Three-fourths believed their routines to be effective, even though 60% reported using floss and rinse less than once a day. More than half of the participants said they went to regular checkups and that their dentists were aware of their diabetes. One-in-5 believed a little bleeding when brushing was okay.

While 78% believed that "the mouth is the gateway to infection in the body," there still is a need for more education around diabetes and oral care, the research found. Sixty-two percent said they were unsure or disagreed that gingivitis makes it more difficult to control blood sugar levels.

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Oral care innovations help drive Colgate-Palmolive’s quarterly earnings

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Colgate-Palmolive experienced a strong third quarter as its global market shares in toothpaste and manual toothbrushes reached record highs year-to-date, the company announced on Thursday.

"Overall, we are very pleased with our solid results this quarter, despite aggressive competitive activity and difficult economic conditions around the world," stated Ian Cook, chairman, president and CEO. 

"Colgate’s global market shares in toothpaste and manual toothbrushes are both at record highs year to date. Colgate’s share of the global toothpaste market strengthened to 44.2% year-to-date, led by share gains in Brazil, China, India, Venezuela, France, Greece and the United Kingdom," Cook added. "Colgate also strengthened its global leadership in manual toothbrushes, with its global market share in that category reaching 31.5% year to date, up 1.6 share points versus a year ago."

Worldwide sales were $3.9 billion, down 1.5% compared with the year-ago period. Organic sales grew 3%. Net income increased 5% to $619 million, and diluted earnings per share rose 8% to $1.21. North American sales grew 2% during the quarter, as organic sales grew 1.5%.

In the United States, new product launches across all price points contributed to growth in oral care, including Colgate Triple Action, Colgate Sensitive MultiProtection and Colgate Max White with Mini Bright Strips toothpastes, the company stated. Its share of the manual toothbrush market reached a record 33.5% year to date, up 1.8 share points versus a year ago.

The company added that a major relaunch of Colgate Total toothpaste is just getting under way in the United States, with upgraded packaging that includes new graphics and a redesigned stand-up cap. The relaunch will be supported with a new integrated marketing campaign and new communications to dental professionals, both focused on highlighting the 12-hour antibacterial protection of Colgate Total toothpaste.

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Q3 slips for Revlon, but company looks forward to future

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Beauty company Revlon announced on Thursday a 2.2% dip in net sales as net income narrowed during the third quarter, but executives remained optimistic as the manufacturer gears up for 2011 with a new global chief marketing officer in place.

"We remain focused on delivering profitable net sales growth in all of our markets. We recently strengthened our senior management team, including the appointment of Julia Goldin as global chief marketing officer. Under Julia’s leadership, coupled with our competitive pipeline of consumer-preferred new products planned for 2011 and beyond, we see a tremendous opportunity to further integrate marketing strategy and execution across all brands and regions," stated Alan Ennis, Revlon president and CEO.

Net sales during the quarter ended Sept. 30 slipped 2.2% to $319 million. Net income totaled $12.5 million, or 24 cents per diluted share, compared with $23.1 million, or 45 cents per diluted share, in the year-ago period. In the United States, net sales during the quarter were $166.7 million, a decrease of 9.3%. The drop in sales primarily was driven by Revlon color cosmetics and Almay color cosmetics.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, Revlon announced in September the appointment of Julia Goldin as SVP and global chief marketing officer, overseeing all marketing activities for its portfolio of brands. She brings more than 20 years of experience within the consumer packaged goods business, beginning her marketing career at Quaker Oats in Chicago. She then spent 13 years with the Coca-Cola Co. where she held senior executive marketing positions in the United States, Europe and Asia, most recently as SVP and deputy chief marketing officer of Coca-Cola Japan. Prior to that, Goldin led Coca-Cola’s marketing in the United Kingdom and later in Northwest Europe.

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