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Flossing; A Nightmare for Parents

According to a recent national survey from dental insurance provider Delta Dental, parents are more…

  • August 21, 2018

According to a recent national survey from dental insurance provider Delta Dental, parents are more likely to say getting their child to floss regularly (45 percent) or brush their teeth (37 percent) is challenging than they are about getting their child to make the bed (30 percent) or to complete homework on time (25 percent).

The Children’s Oral Health Survey indicates that many of our nation’s offspring are not following recommended guidelines of brushing their teeth for two minutes twice daily and flossing once a day, potentially leading to oral health problems.

The majority of parents (78 percent) confess that their child’s oral health isn’t as good as it could be, with 64 percent disclosing that their child currently has oral health issues, including cavities (31 percent).

Child’s oral health on parents’ radar 

Concerned with raising a happy and healthy child, what is top of mind with parents? The Delta Dental survey reveals that parents worry more about their child’s oral health (39 percent) on a daily basis than they do about school performance (25 percent) or physical activity (24 percent).

In fact, parents are more likely to say their child’s oral health (73 percent) is extremely important than they are about their youngster’s diet or nutrition (66 percent) and even their own oral health (61 percent).

Back-to-school dental screenings

With the new school year is fast approaching, it’s important to note that several states mandate dental screening certificates for children to be enrolled in school.

It is also recommended that parents schedule regular dental check-ups as a part of a child’s preventive oral health routine to protect against missing school during the academic year for unplanned visits to the dentist’s chair.

According to the Delta Dental survey, 29 percent of parents whose child is in school say that their daughter or son has missed at least some school in the past 12 months because of an oral health issue.

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