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Thursday, August 26, 2010

5 Simple Steps to Keeping Your Child's Mouth Clean

Did you know that each year, more than 51 million school hours are lost as a result of problems related to tooth decay, the most common chronic childhood disease in America? In fact, tooth decay affects approximately half of all second graders and nearly 80 percent of 17-year-olds. That’s why Trident® has partnered with Smiles Across America® to help underprivileged children get the dental care they need.

Trident wanted to know what steps my family uses to keep our children's smiles bright and white.  Smiles are extremely important in our family.  My husband and I both had braces, so we know what it's like to be uncomfortable with your smile.  We want our kids to smile all the time without having to worry.  Here are some simple things that we do:

1) Brush twice a day.
Nick thinks it's most important to brush in the morning and I think it's most important at night, so we each make sure the children brush both times.

2) Lend a hand.
My kids are in the "do it myself" stage, which means they want to brush their teeth all by themselves as well.  I keep a watchful eye and if it seems like they aren't getting all their teeth, I will lend a hand and make sure they know how to get them all.

3) Keep sweet consumption to a minimum.
Kids don't need all that sugar anyway, but especially their teeth don't need it. We might give one sugary treat a day, if that.  Juice is 100% and is third in line after milk and water.

This is an absolute.  Our kids do not get soda.  Not only does is serve no nutritional purpose, but it is not good for their teeth.

5) Lead by example.
I always brush my teeth with the kids when they do it so that they see mommy brushing as well.  I rarely drink soda and drink tons of water.  This way my kids will hopefully mimic my healthy choices.

Simple, right?  But these tips can save you lots of money and good oral hygiene in the future.  What about you, do you have any tips on keeping your kids' teeth sparkling?

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