New Survey by America’s Pediatric Dentists Highlights Gaps in Oral Health Knowledge and Generational Differences in Caring for Little Teeth

October 3, 2018 07:00 AM

CHICAGO, October 3, 2018 – A new national survey conducted on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) reveals nearly three quarters (74 percent) of U.S. parents do not take their child to the dentist by their first birthday, the age recommended by AAPD. Of the quarter of parents (26 percent) who do take their child to the dentist by their first birthday, millennial parents (29 percent) are more likely to take their child to the dentist by age 1 than any other generation. Additionally, while 96 percent of parents say oral health is important to their family, many do not think toothaches are a serious ailment, with 3 in 10 parents (31 percent) ranking toothaches as the least serious ailment compared to tummy aches, earaches, headaches and sore throats.

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