While 97% of parents of children ages five and under, with dental insurance, would rate their child’s oral health as excellent or good, many may actually be overly optimistic. A MetLife Study released today reveals many parents are not following recommended guidelines for brushing, flossing, and other habits for optimal pediatric oral health. Nearly a quarter of surveyed parents, 23%, have been told by a dentist or hygienist that their child was at risk for tooth decay.
The study is entitled Parental Oral Health Literacy: Equipping Parents with Important Information about Children’s Oral Health. A copy can be downloaded here.