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7 dental facts for national children’s dental health month

February is the National Children’s Dental Health Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month is just around the corner and with this in mind, we decided to do a Dental Survey to see how parents feel about their children’s dental health. We spoke with nearly 300 parents and found out some very interesting findings…

What 300 parents taught us!

To start off we asked parents at which age they felt children should be able to brush independently, interestingly enough over 70% believe that a child should be able to brush by themselves by the age of 5.

Kids brushing habits

Next up we looked at the frequency of kids brushing and we’re happy to say 4 out of 5 parents believe their children are brushing their teeth at least twice a day. This is great as this is the recommended amount of brushing per day.

How many times kids brush a day

Although kids do seem to be brushing twice a day, unfortunately the amount of time spent brushing is not sufficient, with 60% of parents saying their kids are stopping short!

average times spent brushing for kids

Interestingly enough, we asked parents to give a rating between 1 to 4 stars and they gave an average of over 3 stars (that’s over 80% of the parents surveyed!)

brushing quality of children

For the fifth question, we straight up asked ‘is it a struggle get your children to brush their teeth?’ and over half the parents said yes! This is food for thought (excuse the pun) :)

How parents think their children brush

We next looked at the best ways to motivate children to brush and the majority of parents the best method is to lead by example, we love that involvement. As well, a lot of the parents quizzed said that making brushing a daily habit also works.

how to motivate kids to brush

We found that 75% of the parents spent less than $500 on the dentist bills per child in 2015, whilst only 1.3% spent more than $1,500 per child.

cost of dental for children

Being as Kolibree has an interactive application to teach children to brush we decided to see how parents allow their children to use mobile devices. 4 out of 5 children have access to devices and the main reason they use them is for entertainment. We definitely think that apps that educate and are fun will be enjoyed by kids!

Kids mobile device use

So what did we learn?

From our survey we have found that although a lot of kids have good dental health, there is still  room for improvement. Kids seemingly are engaging with mobile devices more than ever and this does represent an opportunity to improve their dental health. If you’re interested in hearing about Kolibree’s smart toothbrush that uses an interactive app to make brushing fun then hop over to our website.

Finally Kolibree would like to say a big thank you to all the parents that helped make this survey possible :)

To read more about the National Children’s Dental Health Month please visit the ADA dedicated website.

For the full result please see the Kolibree Slideshare page

1 Comment

  • Personally, I don’t spend more than a few hundred dollars on my kids’ dental bills per year, because they all have really good oral hygiene habits. However, I would probably be willing to spend up to $1,500 if it were necessary. Yet, do you know whether or not there is a correlation between a child’s oral health and how much is spent on dentist bills?

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