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Eat a Plate of Veggies or Brush Your Teeth? You Won’t Believe What Most Kids Choose

the science of smiles family dentist pasadena caWhat would your child rather do? Eat a plate of vegetables or brush their teeth?

According to a new survey, veggies have tooth brushing beat by a whopping 45%!

Some Kids Simply Refuse

Nearly half (45%) of the 1,300 parents who participated in the Delta Dental survey believed getting kids to brush their teeth is one of the most challenging things to do. Getting kids to eat their vegetables regularly was slightly behind at 42%, followed closely by getting help with household chores and getting kids to floss regularly, both at 41%.

More: Parent Tips to Keep Kids’ Teeth in Tip Top Shape

Here at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES®, we know that most parents struggle with getting their children to brush and floss. That is why parental guidance and assistance is a must until they are old enough to understand the importance of oral health. If parents make sure children’s teeth are brushed and flossed from a very young age, it becomes part of the routine without question.

Establishing Oral Health Habits a Struggle for Parents

The survey also found the following:

  • Most parents think their children’s oral health isn’t as good as it could be, because they don’t brush (52%) or floss (38%) often enough.
  • 32% of parents admit their children’s teeth are brushed just once a day or less.
  • 61% of parents report their child’s teeth are flossed less often than once a day.

Children’s dental health should be taken seriously from the moment a child is born. Your child should visit the dentist by age 2 and begin bi-annual dental hygiene cleanings as soon as possible. This age is recommended not only for good oral hygiene of your toddler but also that he/she will get introduced to the family dentist at an early age and thus gain trust and comfort with subsequent visits.

More: 3 Common Mistakes You Can Make With Kids’ Teeth

If you’re having problems getting your child to brush or floss his or her teeth, please tell us about the issue at your next dental visit. Our hygienists are familiar with this common problem and are a trained to help parents steer the children down a path of establishing solid oral health habits.

Is it time for a dental exam for your child?

Give THE SCIENCE OF SMILES® a call: 626-624-4030


THE SCIENCE OF SMILES® offers affordable cosmetic and laser dentistry and gentle, compassionate general dental care in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently situated with extended hours to meet your needs. At THE SCIENCE OF SMILES®, we offer most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures, complete dental rebuilding, sleep apnea, and TMJ/ Headache management. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover affordable up-to-date dentistry and a team who truly cares at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES®.