Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
We 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 MouthHealthy.org, 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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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.”
Read more on Parents.com:
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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Monday, February 27th, 2012
Before February ends, we wanted to honor National Children’s Dental Health Month. To help kids maintain strong, cavity-free teeth every day, Andie Pearson, D.D.S., a practitioner for ChicagoHealers.com, recommends the following suggestions.
Refrain from sugary and processed snacks. Kids who constantly eat sticky, chewy, and dry snacks will suffer from decomposed tooth enamel and tooth decay over time. Children should regularly avoid eating snacks like dried fruit, candy, chips, granola bars, popcorn, nuts, cookies, cakes, and other baked sweets.
Choose fruits, vegetables and dairy first. With lots of nutrients, these are the healthiest options for kids’ teeth. Store snacks like baby carrots, sugar snap peas, cucumber slices, bananas, berries, yogurt, and cheese where children can conveniently grab when hungry so that they steer clear of the less healthy snacks. Fruit and vegetable juices are also great choices, but be sure to avoid products with high fructose corn syrup, as they contain loads of sugar.
Brush 2-3 times per day. Sugar and tiny crumbs tend to get stuck around the teeth and gums so it’s important for kids to brush frequently. Not doing so will cause tooth enamel to decompose and, in turn, cause the teeth to decay over time. Make sure that children brush after every meal, and rinse after every snack.
Floss daily. Food gets stuck in gums that can’t be removed simply by brushing. Teach kids to floss during their younger years to prevent gum disease and tooth decay later in life.
Also, read answers to your questions about dental care for kids at Unexpectedly Expecting. Our blogger, Julia, just graduated from dental school last year. Also, soothe your little ones by helping them overcome fear of dentists.
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Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
Teach your kids that brushing teeth can be fun by entering them in a toothbrush design contest.
Dr. Fresh, a leading distributor of oral care products, is sponsoring their fifth annual “Be a Dental Inventor Contest” in honor of the upcoming “National Children’s Dental Health Month” in February.
Children in 2nd through 5th grade are eligible to submit their designs in one of two categories: original hand drawings and video demonstrations. Three winners will be chosen from each category based on originality, creativity, and motivational appeal. The designs cannot feature copyright material such as popular cartoon characters, photographs, or illustrations.
The first prize winner will be awarded a $500 U.S. savings bond plus a trip to Disneyland. The two runner-ups will each receive a $250 U.S. savings bond. To find out more details about the contest, visit FireflyToothbrush.com. Make sure to enter by January 24, 2011!
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