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Despite what they think, many parents should be taking better care of kids' teeth
Updated: 2/29/2012 7:00:22 PM

Despite what they think, many parents should be taking better care of kids  

A recent study conducted by MetLife found that many parents are not following brushing and flossing recommendations made by pediatric dentists. Furthermore, 23 percent of parents surveyed have been told by their child's dental health professional that their kid is a risk for tooth decay. This is despite the fact that 97 percent of parents involved in the study would rate their child's oral health as good or excellent.

"According to the office of the Surgeon General, tooth decay is the single most common childhood disease - five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever. Parents should be speaking to their pediatricians to learn more about how their child's oral health can affect their overall health," said David Guarrera, DDS, vice president, MetLife Dental Products.

More than half of the parents surveyed said that their kids eat sugary foods at least twice a day. The acids in these foods can affect teeth for at least 20 minutes, wearing away at tooth enamel. Parents should consult with a dentist to make sure they are doing all they can to protect their child's oral health. 

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