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Hispanic Moms And Dads Believe Proper Oral Care Should Be Taught In Schools

September 7, 2010: 11:32 PM EST
A large majority of Hispanic parents believe schools should be teaching children about taking care of their teeth, a survey found. Nearly three fourths of those polled by Oral Health America said they expect schools to reinforce the importance of oral health. The organization says parents and schools need to work with dental care providers to instill good oral care habits in schoolchildren. The number one chronic childhood disease in the U.S. is tooth decay, OHA says, with 51 million school hours lost annually because of dental related illness. The survey also found that 82 percent of Hispanic parents believe that visiting the dentist is an important part of preparing to go back to school. But only 34 percent of children remember hearing reminders about tooth brushing from their parents.
"Schools Play a Role in Keeping Kids' Mouths Healthy, Say Hispanic Parents", News release, Oral Health America, September 07, 2010, © Oral Health America
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