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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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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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Win a Disney Products Prize Pack

Monday, November 21st, 2011

This contest has now ended. Congratulations to our three winners: Tracey B.of Alabaster, AL; Sara B. or Circle Pines, MN; Jacquelyn H. of Galloway, NJ!

Your kids can maintain good habits and still have fun with a new line of Disney-branded products.  Disney’s recent D-Lightful Living: Animate Your Daily Routine campaign had one goal in mind: to motivate families to make healthier choices through meaningful ideas and product solutions.  To help you continue with encouraging nutritional and oral health, we’ve collaborated with Disney Consumer Products for a prize pack giveaway.

Three grand prize winners will each receive the book, The Go-To Mom’s Parents’ Guide to Emotion Coaching Young Children by Kimberley Clayton Blaine, plus a package with an assortment of Disney-branded products for hygiene, nutrition, health, and more (total retail value of $100.37):

J&J Listerine Smart Rinse (Phineas & Ferb)
J&J Reach Youth Toothbrush (Phineas & Ferb)
All Terrain KidSport SPF30 Lotion (Phineas & Ferb)
All Terrain Kids’ Herbal Armor (Phineas & Ferb)
MZ Berger Body Wash (Princess)
MZ Berger Bubble Bath (Cars)
L’oreal Shampoo (Cars)

Kellogg’s Cheezits (Cars)
Perdue Chicken Nuggets (Cars)
Campbell’s Soup (Cars)
Insignia Sandwich Bags (Princess)
Insignia Snack Bags (Princess)
Insignia Lunch Bags (Princess)
Insignia Ice Packs (Princess)

Health Relief
Kobayashi Fever Relief – Soft Gel Sheets  (Mickey)
MZB Boo Boo Buddies (Cars)

Makeup/Body Decorations
Fan Stamp Instant Press-On Face Paint (Cars)
I3 Flix’s Mater Teeth (Cars)
Townley Lip Gloss (Princess)
Townley Nail Set (Princess)

To enter, please share how you motivate kids to stay healthy or keep healthy habits in the Comments section below, from Mon. November 21 to Wed. November 30.  Three winners will be randomly selected to receive one book and prize pack each.  Come back to this post after Mon. December 5 to find out the winners. Read the full contest rules here.

Goody luck!

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