New survey finds kids need brushing up on oral health

Feb. 6, 2013
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

OAK BROOK, Ill. — Although cavities are nearly 100% preventable, more than one in four American caregivers reported that their children had a cavity filled in the past year. This was among the findings of a new survey1 of nearly 1,000 caregivers released today by Delta Dental in conjunction with National Children’s Dental Health Month. Among children who had a cavity in the past year, 53 percent had two or more cavities.

The 2013 Delta Dental Children’s Oral Health Survey shows that not only are Americans unaware they can pass cavity-causing bacteria to children, but they also need to brush up on some critical children’s dental health habits, including basics such as brushing and flossing.

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“Parents and caregivers need to teach good oral health habits to children at a young age to help prevent cavities,” said Bill Kohn, DDS, Delta Dental’s vice president for dental science and policy. “Baby teeth are very important. They help children chew and speak properly and hold space for permanent teeth. If a child has healthy baby teeth, chances are he or she will have healthy adult teeth.”

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