Going back to school means getting new clothes, books, making sure lunches are made. But what about Oral Healthcare? I mean let’s face it, do we even think about brushing our teeth more than once a day as parents? Be honest. So why should our kids think about it?
Arm & Hammer did this study that shows just how nasty Canadians mouths truly are and why we get a Failing grade when it comes to Oral Healthcare.
How to Create Better Oral Hygiene Habits
- Go to the dentist more often – Catching issues before they begin can result in saving yourself or your child unnecessary pain in the long run.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day – 57% of Canadians brush their teeth twice a day. Eeek, that’s a lot of tooth decay left over. Brushing gets rid of food and irritants that sit on our teeth causing bacteria so brushing more often is a definite way to keep your teeth feeling cleaner and fresher.
- Stay away from the Sugar Monsters – That’s right sugar creates monsters. The more sugar we eat the more it erodes our teeth. Plus sugar isn’t good for you anyhow. I try to give my kids veggies, cheese, milk and salads for lunches. If kids do want sugary treats, you can pick up low-sugar or no sugar diabetic treats as an alternative.
- Avoid things like tobacco and coffee – Cigarettes and Caffeine are known to stain our teeth as do other things we put into our mouths. Avoiding smoking isn’t just good for your overall health but can reduce your risk of oral cancer and gum disease.
- Eat healthy foods that help keep teeth clean and strong – Certain foods are great at helping our bones and teeth grow stronger. Eating things like yogurt, cheese, drinking milk anything with calcium will help your teeth stay clean and strong.
Arm & Hammer has an array of toothbrushes which my kids absolutely love to help make brushing teeth more fun. Kids are the hardest to get to brush their teeth. As parents we can lead by example but there are other things we can do to help make brushing more of a habitual routine in our children.
- Create a song or a sing a tooth brushing song while your kids are brushing their teeth.
- Use a timer to make sure kids brush their teeth long enough.
- Buy a toothbrush you know your kids will not only love but one that is suited to them. Soft. Medium. Hard. Bristles make a difference.
- Make sure
kids have a travel brush to take with them on the go when staying overnight with grandparents or friends. you
- Keep a tooth brushing chart and mark down each time your child brushes their teeth and give them a reward at the end of the week.
No matter what you do, brushing your teeth is an important part of our everyday lives. So make it count!