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R U Flossing? Text Messages May Improve Oral Health Habits
August 13, 2014

By Nancy Volkers
InteliHealth News Service

INTELIHEALTH - Text messaging campaigns could help to improve oral health, says a study.

Researchers enrolled 129 mothers of young children. About half of them received text messages for 7 days. The messages asked about flossing habits. They also gave information about how to keep teeth and mouth healthy.

The mothers answered a survey on oral health before and after the study began. Before the study, the mothers in both groups were similar in how often they flossed, as well as what they knew about oral health.

Afterward, the mothers in the text group said they flossed more. Mothers in the text group also knew more about oral health. They did more to help keep their kids' mouths healthy. They also were less likely to give their children soda or sugary snacks.

The researchers don't know if these changes will last over time. Still, they say that text messaging may be a way to help people learn more about oral health.

The study appears in the August 4 online issue of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry.

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