Raising Three Savvy Ladies is ready for the Sweet Smart Challenge.
During the next three weeks, we will set a goal to brush, floss and rinse twice a day. I plan to tackle the challenge by starting our bed time routine a little earlier. I find that the more tired they are in the evening, the less they allow me to help to make sure they have clean teeth. They like to brush their teeth on their own,, which is good for independence but not for clean teeth. I hope this obstacle will be overcome with the challenge and get them in the habit of good oral hygiene while allowing me to help them.
FERN INGBER, Founding President and CEO of America’s ToothFairy:
America’s ToothFairy is focused, as a nonprofit organization, on the elimination of children’s preventable suffering from dental disease. They work with community-based organizations, civic groups and others.
Oral disease has become the #1 chronic childhood disease. Dental disease can lead to serious illnesses and affects a child’s overall well-being. A child in pain can’t eat the nutritious foods that are so important for their growth and development.
- 44 percent of American kids will suffer from pediatric dental disease before they reach kindergarten
- Of the 4 million kids born each year, more than half will have cavities by the time they reach 2nd grade
- 43% of Americans lack dental insurance
- All in all, 16 million kids suffer from untreated dental disease
One way to get involved this season: Join Trick or Treat for America’s ToothFairy. Just set up a virtual page for Halloween, invite friends and family to join you, and take on the opportunity to help raise money to care for a child in need.
You can learn more at AmericasToothFairy.org.
Several tips on engaging your kids while Brushing Flossing and Rinsing using the Listerine Smart Rinse
Reward good behavior- Set-up a chart and offer stickers for each day when staying on track
Make it fun- make silly faces while brushing teeth, dance around the bathroom. On average brushing teeth should last about 2 minutes so put some music on a make it fun for all. Rinse for at least 1 minute.
Show, Don’t tell-Parents should brush their children’s teeth until age eight to demonstrate good brushing behavior. Children learn by example, sometimes they can’t reach the back of their teeth and need assistance
There are 3 easy steps that everyone should be following:
Brush, Floss, Rinse
Brush 2x a day
Floss 1x a day
Rinse with Listerine Smart Rinse 2x a day
Some great tips that I learned about Oral Hygiene were
- Dental disease is preventable, it does not have to happen
- Start young for good oral health care. Don’t wait until it is too late.
- Those who suffer the most with tooth decay are those with the least education on the subject
- Start brushing when the first tooth arrives
- “Clean Teeth do not Bleed”- it takes five days of good brushing to fix this problem
- Brush better NOT Harder
- Flossing does not have an age criteria- when teeth start touching from side to side it is time to start,
- Children should see a dentist at 12 months even if they have no teeth for a baseline check up- schedule our appointment with a Pediatric Dentist.
- Show your children horrible looking teeth to keep them on track with brushing, flossing and rinsing.