Did you know that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month? I have partnered with Trident for a sponsored campaign through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network to share 5 great oral health tips for kids. This year, Trident is celebrating their 10-year partnership with Oral Health America’s Smiles Across America program (SAA), which provides oral disease prevention services for at-risk children who are underserved due to issues of poverty. I was so impressed to learn that in 2004, Trident provided funding to launch SAA, and to-date has donated more than $2.5 million to support the program, which has impacted more than 2,000,000 children.
In their mission to promote good oral healthcare, Trident is sharing some great oral health tips* from The Partnership for Healthy Mouths to keep the pearly whites of those young (and young at heart) healthy and happy all year long:
1) Brush 2Min (2X)
It’s best for kids to brush their teeth for 2 minutes, 2 times a day for healthier teeth, good breath and fewer cavities.
Children 2 or older should always use fluoride toothpaste
2) Visit a Dentist
Kids and parents should visit a dentist regularly starting no later than age 1.
Kids should clean between their teeth once a day with floss to remove plaque and food where a brush can’t reach.
Children as young as 2 can floss if their teeth are touching.
Fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter and can occur naturally in some water and food sources. Did you know that to help protect teeth from cavities fluoride is added to dental products like toothpaste?
5) Chew Sugar-Free Gum
Chewing sugar-free gum, like Trident, helps keep teeth clean after eating and between brushing. In fact, chewing Trident sugar-free gum after eating stimulates saliva flow, which helps reduce the risk of cavities by reducing plaque acids, removing debris and strengthening teeth.
I am so glad that chewing sugar-free gum, like Trident, helps keep teeth clean between brushing. The kids in my family seem to always be asking for a piece of gum. My son was a relentless bubble blower. And it never fails that on days when Grandma Laura and I pick up my nieces from school or drop them off at cheer practice, one of the first things I hear is “Do you have any gum?” – so I’ve learned to come prepared. It’s pretty much a given that Aunt Angela is going to have a couple packs of chewing gum in her purse. It’s nice to learn I’m actually doing something right and helping the kids keep their teeth clean!
To learn more about oral health tips and Smiles Across America, visit: http://oralhealthamerica.org/programs/smiles-across-america/
For an even happier smile, try a variety of delicious Trident flavors including: Original, Spearmint, Tropical Twist and Bubble Gum. For more on Trident, visit: www.facebook.com/tridentgum
*The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives is a coalition of 36 leading organizations in the field of oral health. www.healthymouthshealthylives.org
**3/12 Update – Congrats to our giveaway winner Jennifer T.
Are your kids gum chewers?