Parents say Kids' Oral Health not Making the Grade

Even though the school year is over, parents recently assigned grades to the status of their kids' oral health as a part of Delta Dental's Children's Oral Health Survey. Few parents (21%) nationwide would give their kids an excellent bill of oral health.
Views of their young ones' oral health tend to diminish over time as parents relinquish control of kids' brushing and flossing habits. For example, while 30% of parents score children under 3 years old with having excellent oral health, that number declines to 21% for 3-5 years old, 17% for 6-9 years old, and 14% for 10-12 years old.

So what contributes to kids' oral health being less than it could be? N ot brushing enough (50%) is the most popular response from parents, according to the Delta Dental national survey.  Other top responses include not flossing enough (46%), eating too many sweets (37%), and a family history of poor oral health (21%).

Parents can help keep their children's oral health on track with the free Delta Dental mobile app featuring a toothbrush timer. Our app is available for download in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store . To learn more, search for Delta Dental in the app store or  download our mobile app flyer .

About the survey
The Children's Oral Health Survey was conducted between December 31, 2018, and January 13, 2019, among a nationally representative sample of 1,481 parents of children ages 12 and under. The margin of error is +/- 3%. 
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