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How to Help Your Kids Fight Against Cavities

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Toddler with toothbrushWe all know it’s important to form healthy hygiene habits from an early age — and a specific one is tooth care.  According to the CDC, tooth decay (or cavities) actually “affect children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease.”

Dental experts recommend that kids see the dentist by their first birthday, when their teeth are starting to grow, though waiting until they’re 2- or 3-years old is also okay.  Parents should help their children brush and floss until they are old enough, or have developed the fine motor skills, to hold a toothbrush and dental floss on their own.

Guidelines from, a new site from the American Dental Association, recommends these brushing techniques:

  • Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
  • Move the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
  • Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  • To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.

Since February is Children’s Dental Health Month, brush up on more “toothy” knowledge.  Check out these Parents features:


Image: One year old baby boy with toothbrush via Shutterstock.

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Be A Hero for Teeth in Need

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

If your child’s losing her baby teeth, chances are the Tooth Fairy has paid a recent visit (or five!) to your house. But don’t assume that little ones’ dental hygiene doesn’t matter just because baby teeth are temporary. Actually, cavities in young kids are a serious medical concern. Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease, and it can set kids up for a mouth full of problems in the future. (For the gory details—and how to save your child’s smile—check out “The Fight Against Cavities” in our February issue.) Practice good oral health habits with your kid, and then help other smiles in need by entering Tom’s of Maine’s “Be a Tooth Fairy Hero” sweepstakes. Have your child draw a picture of the Tooth Fairy, and then submit the drawing by March 15th for a chance to win Tom’s toothpaste for your child’s entire school, and a $10,000 donation on your behalf to a needy dental clinic in your state. For more information, visit

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Jennie Garth Promotes Healthy Habits for Back to School

Monday, September 10th, 2012

I recently met up with former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jennie Garth for the launch of Crest and Oral-B’s new line, For Me. The new line features a complete list of oral care products for tweens, while Oral-B Stages, for children from four months to seven years of age, has added the Disney characters Jake and the Neverland Pirates to their line-up.

Garth, who now has her own reality show, A Little Bit Country, says back to school is the perfect time to revamp kids’ habits. The mom of three admits that between the hustle and bustle of her family’s “crazy schedules,” it’s hard to keep up with the things they should.

To help encourage healthy habits, Garth starts early by telling her daughters it’s their job to take care of themselves.”I think that’s an important message to give them for all things in their life,” she explains. “They’re their own best advocate in any situation, so I start right away and model what they need to do.”

When I asked her what she liked most about being a mom, she smiled and said, “snuggle time,” without missing a beat. “Just a little of that compassion and empathy,” she explains. “I nurture that into my children, instill that into them, and then they can give it.”


First Image: Jessica Scheetz with Jennie Garth

Second Image: Jennie Garth with daughter Lola Facinelli making toothbrush holders by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Crest and Oral-B/AP Images

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Black Students Face More Discipline, Data Suggests
Black students, especially boys, face much harsher discipline in public schools than other students, according to new data from the Department of Education.

Preschoolers in Surgery for a Mouthful of Cavities
Dentists nationwide are seeing more preschoolers at all income levels with 6 to 10 cavities or more.

The Pros and Cons of Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy
Both antidepressant use and untreated depression in pregnant women may lead to risks for babies. A new study adds data to a troubling problem.

Giving Babies a ‘Strong Start’
In the U.S., more than 500,000 babies are born prematurely each year. But federal health officials are doing something to change that. The Department of Health and Human Services recently announced more than $40 million in grants will be put towards a new initiative aimed at reducing the number of preterm births and early elective deliveries.

Sugar Water Helps Newborns’ Pain, Study Finds
When it comes to soothing preterm newborns’ pain during medical pokes and prods, sugar water seems at least as good as breast milk, according to two studies published Monday.

3-Year-Old Swallows 37 Magnets, Tears Holes in Stomach
A 3-year-old needed surgery after she swallowed 37 magnets, KPTV reported. Payton Bushnell of Portland, Ore., ripped a hole in her stomach and three in her lower intestine after she ate 37 Rare Earth Buckyball magnets, according to the TV station.

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Daily News Roundup

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Epidemic of Obesity in U.S. Kids Began in Late ‘90s
The epidemic of excess weight gain and obesity among young Americans began about 15 years ago—in the late 1990’s for young adolescents and the early 2000s for young adults—a new study finds.

Dental Care for Kids on Medicaid Varies by Fees Each State Sets
Low reimbursements to dentists from Medicaid make getting dental care difficult for children and adolescents covered by the government health plan, new research suggests.

Study: Why Maternity Leave is Important
Are working moms somehow lacking as parents compared to stay-at-home mothers? According to a new demographic analysis from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the answer is a reassuring no. The study found that working doesn’t lower the quality of parenting overall — or even worsen the load of parental stress.

Water frogs linked to illness in young kids
Frogs might be cute to look at but they might be hazardous to your children’s health, which is why The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning parents to keep young kids away from water frogs and their habitats.

Ed Schools’ Pedagagogical Puzzle
The Relay Graduate School of Education is revolutionizing teacher training, using “modules” instead of courses, mentoring at the schools where students teach and not on a campus, and direct 15-20 minute instruction periods instead of lectures.

Judge Rules Against Union on City Plan to Close Schools
In a defeat for the city’s teachers’ union, a judge ruled on Thursday that the Education Department could proceed with plans to close 22 schools because of poor performance and place 15 charter schools in the buildings of traditional schools in September.

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