Take note of the smile and it will last a lifetime. As a result, it is important for parents to instill good oral hygiene habits in their children as early as possible.
The other factor to consider is that you also take care of your skin – here are some tips for that.
According to the “National Call to Action to Promote Oral Health” report conducted by U.S. Surgeon Tommy Richard H. Carmona, dental disease or dental appointments cause children to miss more than 52 million school hours and adults to miss more than 163 million work hours each year. The total cost of dental treatment in the United States was estimated to be more than $72 billion in 2021.
“Oral health disease is making worrying inroads into communities around the country,” says Dr. MikeButler, President of Global Teeth Health and Professional Relations at PG Palmolive. “Tooth loss is more common in children aged 5 to 17 in the United States than asthma and hay fever, and it poses a significant threat to our children’s physical health and well-being.”
During National Children’s Dental Health Month, Colgate and Dr. Garmona published “The Surgeon General’s Seven Steps to a Bright Smile,” tips developed with the help of a Colgate-Palmolive grant to help keep teeth and gums clean and healthy:
- Brush your teeth and gums at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, usually after eating and before going to bed.
- See the dentist on a regular basis.
- Floss your teeth once a day at the very least.
- Use fluoride rinse for solid, healthy teeth and gums.
- Limit the number of snacks you eat per day, and continue to eat healthy foods with plenty of calcium.
- Wear a mouthguard while competing in sports.
- Consult the doctor for dental sealants.
About 53 million children have received free dental screenings, medical referrals, and oral health education as part of Colgate’s Bright Smiles, Bright Futures campaign. The organization is now more than halfway to meeting a public commitment to support 100 million children through these services by 2020. Bright Smiles, Bright Futures encourages children to take control of their oral health and increases awareness of the importance of good dental hygiene.