Delta Dental Releases 2009 Children's Oral Health Survey Results: Oral Health Knowledge Gap Contributes to Children's Issues

While three in five Americans rate their children's oral health as "excellent," there are clear gaps in the understanding of basic oral health procedures and actual behavior.

That's one of the key findings from a Delta Dental Plans Association survey of American children's oral health, released today. Delta Dental commissioned the survey of caregivers to build greater knowledge about the state of children's oral health.

"There's clearly a need for more education, more frequently, to teach practices that will ensure lifelong oral health," said Jed J. Jacobson, DDS, MS, MPH, chief science officer and senior vice president for Delta Dental.

For full press release, click here.

B-Roll Video 1

Footage Includes:

Proper Infant Oral Care

  • Dad feeding baby
  • Dad cleaning baby's gums
  • Cleaning off pacifier with water
  • Water in sippy cup

Visiting the Dentist by Age 1

  • Dad listening to dentist
  • Dentist interacting with child
  • Dentist examining child
  • Dentist teaching how to brush with dragon

Visiting the Dentist While Pregnant

  • Pregnant woman at dentist

For shot sheet, click here.

B-Roll Video 2

Footage Includes:

Healthy Snacks

  • Mom giving kids fruits and veggies

Brushing & Flossing

  • Mom brushing with kids
  • Kids brushing
  • Mom helping son floss
  • Mom helping daughter brush
  • Toothbrush being thrown away after three months of use

For shot sheet, click here.

Hi-Res Photo 1

Photo Caption:

Children should visit the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts.

Hi-Res Photo 2

Photo Caption:

Children and adults should brush for two full minutes at least twice daily and floss every day. Parents should supervise or assist with brushing and flossing their children's teeth to ensure proper technique.

Hi-Res Photo 3

Photo Caption:

Women should get a thorough dental exam if they are planning to become pregnant. Once they are expecting, they should get their teeth cleaned professionally every three months.

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