A new study indicates that many parents may be overestimating how effectively their kids are taking care of their teeth.
The study, conducted by MetLife, found that 97 percent of parents with children ages five and under thought their kids' oral health was "excellent" or "good," yet almost one in four of these same parents have been told by their dentist that their child was at risk for tooth decay.
Other results from the survey suggest many parents may not be aware of their kids' dental hygiene at all, as nearly 50 percent said they have never spoken to their pediatrician about their child's teeth and how it can affect other aspects of their health.
"According to the office of the Surgeon General, tooth decay is the single most common childhood disease - five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever," said David Guarrera, vice president of MetLife Dental Products. "Parents should be speaking to their pediatricians to learn more about how their child's oral health can affect their overall health."
Because of this, it's crucial for insurance agents to remind their clients that a variety of health insurance products are available that will help them cover expenses related to oral hygiene.