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SAN DIEGO Plackers oral care brand has partnered with Oral Health America on the Fall for Smiles program to help promote oral health awareness nationwide.
Fall for Smiles is an annual awareness-building campaign that encourages families to talk about oral health and include regular brushing and flossing in their back-to-school routines. Oral Health America is an independent organization dedicated to eliminating oral disease through access, education and advocacy.
The program kicked off Sept. 1 with the release of the Fall for Smiles public opinion survey, which was commissioned by Oral Health America and sponsored by Plackers and Oral Healthcare Can't Wait.
Highlights of the survey indicated that parents are looking to schools to help reinforce the importance of oral health and teach children about taking care of their teeth. Roughly 90% of parents responded that taking children to the dentist on a regular basis is extremely or very important, and a majority of parents said that dental appointments are important for getting children ready to go back to school. Nearly 8-in-10 parents stated that children should floss their teeth at least once a day; however, children reported flossing less than their parents thought they should, with just 30% of children saying they floss their teeth once a day or more.
Plackers will participate in the Calling Oral Health Communities to Action event co-hosted by Oral Health America and Dental Trade Alliance at the Rayburn Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 29. The event honors the 10th anniversary of the Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health in America.
Plackers also donated dental flossers to reach more than 30,000 children in need through Smiles Across America, a program created by Oral Health America to improve the oral health of elementary school students.