MouthHealthy Gives Consumers Relevant Dental Health Information in Laymen’s Terms

BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA– The American Dental Association launched a new website for consumers on June 25 called MouthHealthy.

The ADA administered a consumer survey to measure Americans’ oral health knowledge. We only averaged a 60 percent, which in grading terms would be a D. Not one person aced the test of the close to 1,500 Americans surveyed.

Dr. Joseph Marvizi, a dentist in Bakersfield, Calif., wants to share this new informational website with dental patients across the nation.

The survey revealed that women scored higher than men on average, as did participants with children in their homes. Education also played a factor in the results; participants with college degrees averaged a 62 percent, while those with high school diplomas scored 55 percent. Those with higher incomes generally got higher scores, except in the Hispanic population, where income didn’t play a factor in the results.

Participants were generally knowledgeable about gingivitis, pregnancy and dental health, and the changes in our mouths as we age, according to the ADA. Knowledge was lacking in children’s dental health, sugar’s role in cavity development, and whether to brush after every meal.

Are you curious how you’d stack up to the national average? MouthHealthy invites you to “Test Your Dental IQ” on their website.

The ADA has separated oral health topics at MouthHealthy by life stages. These categories, including Pregnancy, Babies and Kids, Preteens and Teens, Adults Under 40, Adults 40-60 and Adults Over 60, provide relevant information specific to your current situation.

ADA’s Find-A-Dentist is a feature of MouthHealthy instead of the ADA’s website. You can browse ADA member dentists in your area to find dental care for you and your family. Learn about common oral health issues in laymen’s terms. A variety of topics are covered in detail, including baby teeth, dentures, root canal procedures, gum disease, dental sealants and thumb sucking. The ADA wants MouthHealthy to educate people on oral health and the benefits of family dentistry.

ADA certified dental products are arranged by category: Denture Products, Floss and Interdental Cleaners, Mouth Rinses, Tooth Whitening Bleaches, Toothbrushes and Toothpastes. You can compare products within each category by description, product image, ADA Seal Statement and the basis for acceptance.

MouthHealthy also includes a comprehensive Spanish translation with a simple toggle button at the top of the page.

Dr. Marvizi as one of the dentists in Bakersfield CA wants you to treat your teeth kindly. Good oral care affects your whole body, and proper brushing and flossing combined with regular dental exams will keep your teeth and body healthy. Bakersfield Invisalign patients visit Apollonia Dental Center for straighter teeth without the discomfort of metal braces. Contact us for an appointment today.

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