This month is Colgate Oral Health Month and the campaign aims to help you and your children learn about the importance of good oral health from an early age.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and drink properly. Good oral health is important to your overall wellbeing.
ORAL HEALTH FOR EVERYONE
A healthy Colgate Smile begins with good brushing, rinsing and flossing.
Good oral hygiene can result in a mouth that looks healthy and smells good. This means:
1. Your teeth are clean and free of debris
2. Gums are pink and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss
3. Bad breath is not a constant problem
4. A smile can last a lifetime – if you take care of it
Make taking care of teeth fun for your children, too:
5. Brush along with your children. Remember, a little more time together can make their smiles healthier!
6. Let them choose their toothpaste and mouthwash.
7. One last thing to keep in mind: There’s no such thing as too young for oral care. Children should have their first dental visit after their first tooth appears or before their first birthday. Be aware that they can develop cavities as soon as their baby teeth appear.
HOW TO BRUSH
Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, clean the outer surfaces of each tooth. Angle the brush along the outer gumline. Gently brush back and forth.
Brush the inside surface of each tooth, where plaque may accumulate most. Brush gently back and forth. Use the tip of the brush to clean behind each front tooth, both top and bottom. Then, brush the chewing surface of each tooth, gently brushing back and forth.
HOW TO FLOSS
Use about 18” of floss, leaving an inch or two to work with.
Gently follow the curves of your teeth. Be sure to clean beneath the gumline, but avoid snapping the floss on the gums.
6 STEPS TO A HEALTHY COLGATE SMILE
1 Brush your teeth and gums with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day, especially after eating breakfast and before bedtime.
2 Visit the dentist regularly.
3 Rinse and floss your teeth daily.
4 Limit the number of times you eat snacks each day… and remember to practise healthy eating and get plenty of calcium.
5 Wear a mouthguard when playing sports.
6 Ask your dental professional about dental sealants.