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Oral Health Knowledge Gap Contributes to Children's Issues
Date:9/14/2009

ruits and vegetables - or too many sweets.
  • While the AAPD recommends daily flossing, a quarter of the survey respondents say their child never flosses; only 7 percent report their child flosses daily.
  • Among children who have never visited a dentist, or who have not visited a dentist in the past year, the most mentioned reason was that the child was too young or did not have enough teeth yet.
  • About one in five (18 percent) survey respondents report their child has had a cavity in the past year. Among those children who have had cavities, nearly one in five (17 percent) experienced four or more cavities.
  • Brushing Technique a Challenge

    More than a third of the survey respondents (36 percent) admit their child brushes his or her teeth less than once a day. They also recognize the frequency as "not enough," despite the fact that nearly all those surveyed (95 percent) with children 2 to 6 years old say they supervise or assist with brushing.

    Similarly, nearly half (45 percent) of caregivers say their children brush their teeth for a minute or less - dentists recommend spending two minutes or more on each brushing.

    "Americans say they understand that proper brushing technique is critical to children's oral health," said Jed J. Jacobson, DDS, MS, MPH, chief science officer and senior V.P. of Delta Dental. "But there's clearly a need for more education, more frequently, to teach practices that will ensure lifelong oral health. And, since people overwhelmingly prefer the dentist as their primary information source, dental benefits that encourage visits to the dentist are crucial."

    The not-for-profit Delta Dental Plans Association (www.deltadental.com) based in Oak Brook, Ill., is the leading national network of independent dental service corporations specializing in providing dental benefits programs to mor
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