Poor oral health habits start early, and parents may be contributing to their children's tooth decay long before they can brush or floss on their own, according to a national oral health survey released by Delta Dental of Tennessee in conjunction with February being National Children's Dental Health Month.
The study finds a majority of parents (51%) understand that oral care habits -- rather than genetics or what their kids eat -- are most responsible for their children's oral health. Yet, almost one-third of their children don't brush twice daily.
To help parents educate their children, Delta Dental of Tennessee has launched a series of original 2D photo animation videos demonstrating the importance of brushing and good oral health habits.
The Brushing is Fun video series, produced in both English and Spanish, introduces a pair of narrators, a toothless baby, and an elderly toothless man, as well as live talent, Alicia, who demonstrates improper and proper brushing techniques. The video explains to children that proper brushing takes two minutes, one minute on top, and one minute on the bottom.
"We hope that parents, teachers, afterschool programs, and dental clinics utilize these videos that will help create and maintain winning smiles across Tennessee," said Philip Wenk, DDS, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Tennessee.