Text messaging campaigns could help to improve oral health, says a study published in the August 4 online issue of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry.
Researchers enrolled 129 mothers of young children. About half of them received text messages for seven days. The messages asked about flossing habits, and also gave information about how to keep the 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.
Afterwards, 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 were also less likely to give their children fizzy drinks or sugary snacks.