Tooth decay is considered the most common chronic childhood disease—five times more common than asthma—according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The department also reports that more than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related illness. Fortunately, good oral health habits can keep tooth decay at bay.
To help teach students and parents this important lesson, Trident has partnered with Smiles Across America (SAA), a program that links schools and dental care providers to help fight untreated oral disease. The company’s support has enabled SAA to double the number of children it cares for and expand services for more children in underserved communities.
The following are some great oral care tips for both parents and children to practice.
• Brush twice a day, after breakfast and before bedtime, to remove food particles and plaque. Plaque causes tooth decay and gum disease.
• Use a soft toothbrush so you don’t scratch teeth or gums.
• Brush both the teeth and gums, especially the areas where teeth and gums meet, and the chewing surfaces of teeth.
• Always brush after eating candy and other sugary or starchy snacks, and after drinking sugary sodas and juices.
• Adults should supervise tooth brushing, giving a second brushing after kids have brushed to make sure teeth are clean.
• Floss every day to remove food and plaque from between teeth and under gums. If plaque is not removed, it can harden into tartar—a hard, yellow buildup.
• Visit the dentist every six months to one year for cleanings and checkups, beginning at age 1, when baby teeth are coming in.
Have you been able to establish a good oral care routine with your family?