24 Hours Only! Save 20% on Select Dental Savings Plans! Use Code FLASH33
Close X

you are here:DentalPlans.com > Dental Health Articles > Survey parents unknowingly harming child's dental health

Survey: parents unknowingly harming child's dental health
Updated: 1/28/2009 3:00:29 PM

Survey: parents unknowingly harming child A new survey has found some parents and caregivers are unaware that certain actions may be detrimental to a child's dental health.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) commissioned the survey and found 96 percent of adults with children under the age of 12 thought eating a cracker was better than eating a piece of caramel.

While the popular sticky candy may not be "figure-friendly," it dissolves more quickly in the mouth, which makes it "teeth-friendly" when compared to crackers. The survey also found most adults were not aware that sharing utensils can assist in the development of tooth decay in children.

"Cavities and other dental health issues affect not only your child's ability to speak and maintain a healthy self-image, but they can contribute to systemic health issues later in life, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease," AAPD president Dr Beverly Largent said.

The AAPD reminds parents to incorporate pretzels into a meal instead of handing it out as a snack since more saliva helps wash away the starches that could potentially be stuck in a child's mouth. Also, the organization recommends looking for bottled water that has been fortified with fluoride, which can help prevent tooth decay.

For more information on discount dental plans, call 1-888-632-5353ADNFCR-1507-ID-18997421-ADNFCR

© 2009 Brafton Inc.


The materials and articles published on DentalPlans.com are for informational purposes only. Although DentalPlans.com strives to be accurate and complete, the information is provided without liability for errors. DentalPlans.com does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text graphics, links, or other items contained on DentalPlans.com.

DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in these materials and DentalPlans.com makes no commitment to update the information on DentalPlans.com.

DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims all liability for the use or interpretation by others of information on DentalPlans.com. Decisions based on information contained on DentalPlans.com are the sole responsibility of the visitors, and visitors agree to hold DentalPlans.com and its Affiliates harmless against any claims for damages arising from decisions visitors make on such information.

Nothing on DentalPlans.com constitutes medical advice or other forms of advice. DentalPlans.com assumes no responsibility for material created or published by third parties linked to DentalPlans.com with or without DentalPlans.com’s knowledge.