Children’s Dental Health month has come (February) and gone. Yet, it’s important to be concerned about your child’s oral health year around. Did you know that childhood cavities are #1 chronic disease in the United States. Poor oral health leads to tooth pain, cavities, and gum disease. That results in illness and missed days from school.
Tooth decay may be the #1 chronic disease, but there is good news. It is completely preventable. With regular brushing, proper dental hygiene, and education at home, your children can have a healthy smile.
Smiles Across America, an outreach program helps underserved children receive needed dental care. Each year, they help over 400,000 children in school based or school linked programs. They work with the community and the media to get the message out that good oral health is important to overall health.
The most important thing, we as parents can do, is teach our children to brush and floss twice a day for 2 minutes each time. When our children develop good brushing habits early, they’ll have the skills needed for good oral health throughout their lives.
4 minutes a day is the least we can do to ensure good dental health for ourselves and our children. For tips on how to help kids keep their mouths healthy, download Oral Health America’s tip sheet.
Firefly Toothbrushes is one of the sponsors of Smiles Across America. Firefly Toothbrushes make brushing fun with toothbrushes (like the one shown on the left) and other oral care products. Kids love fun and games. This particular toothbrush incorporates flashing lights and a 60 second timer.
My kids each have their own Firefly toothbrush and they love playing a racing game we created. They can start their engines and start brushing their top teeth with the flashing green light, they get halfway through on yellow. Finally, they finish up with a red light in the last few seconds before the light goes out after 60 seconds. Then, they get to do it all over again on their bottom teeth. This toothbrush makes brushing fun.
Firefly recently produced a video showing kids learning to brush their teeth, as well as some important messages from dental authorities on the cavity crisis and steps that are being taken to solve it. Here is the link.
How do you help your children develop good dental health habits?