Preventing Childhood Tooth Decay

toothFrom Your Health Journal…..A short, yet important article I found recently on one of my favorite sites to promote called Health News Digest entitled Preventing Childhood Tooth Decay is as Easy as 2 Minutes, Twice a Day. Oral care in children is a hot topic, as so many children neglect to take care of their mouths properly. Dental decay is one of the most common chronic childhood diseases, with greater than 16 million children suffering from untreated tooth decay in the United States. The mouth is the highway to overall health, and an unhealthy mouth can be associated with obesity, diabetes and even heart disease. In the U.S., oral disease causes kids to miss 51 million school hours and their parents to lose 25 million work hours annually. I encourage all of you to visit the Health News Digest web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. It is very informative and well written. While there, browse through many of their quality, educational articles.”

From the article…..

Here’s health news you can sink your teeth into: Dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, with more than 16 million kids suffering from untreated tooth decay in the U.S. The mouth is the gateway to overall health, and an unhealthy mouth can be associated with obesity, diabetes and even heart disease. In the U.S., oral disease causes kids to miss 51 million school hours and their parents to lose 25 million work hours annually.

Nevertheless, a survey by the Ad Council found less than half of American parents report that their children brush their teeth twice a day or more.

A Solution

To remedy that, The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives was formed. It’s a coalition of more than 35 leading dental health organizations and, with the Ad Council, they created the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign to teach parents, caregivers and children about the importance of oral health and simple ways to prevent oral disease.

Created pro bono by ad agencies Grey Group and Wing in New York, the campaign stresses the importance of brushing for 2 minutes, twice a day.

“The messages in this campaign may seem simple but their impact will be felt for years to come,” said Gary Price, Secretary and CEO of the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation. “Most mouth disease is preventable using steps that can easily become a part of every child’s life routine.”

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