New Video: Importance of Water for Good Oral Health

Posted & filed under Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care, Partners in Fluoride.

The average child in the United States now consumes over half of her body weight in sugar every year. Much of it comes from sugary beverages including juice, sports drinks, and soda. Too much sugar can lead to serious health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and poor oral health. We know that some children, especially Latinos, experience much higher rates of tooth decay than the general population. About half of all Latino children in the United States have experienced cavities and, in Washington State, the rampant rate of decay (seven or more cavities) among Latino children is on the rise, in part because of the increase in sugary beverage consumption.

As part of The Mighty Mouth campaign, Washington Dental Service Foundation recently partnered with University of California San Francisco and the University of Washington to develop “Share the Water, Share the Love” a two minute animated, engaging video for Latino/a audiences that explains in plain language with fun images the benefits of drinking water to keep our bodies – including our mouths – healthier.

This video, available in English and Spanish, is worth sharing your networks to encourage them to learn about water for good health. Share the message! Water is the best choice for good health and especially for good oral health.