I have to admit that I’m a little bit self conscience about my smile. Not because I don’t like to smile, and not even because my teeth aren’t white enough. But because they are just a little bit crooked. I don’t think most people even really notice, because it’s not that bad, but I do. I can’t tell you how much I wish my parents had gotten me braces when I was a kid. That’s not a jab at them, I’m sure that if my teeth had been really bad, like my brother’s, I also would have had braces. But they weren’t that bad, and let’s face it, braces are a HUGE expense if you don’t have any dental insurance which we did not. Now that I’m older and have the ability to save a little money, I just might get it done yet!
Despite having a few slightly crooked teeth, I have always had really healthy teeth, I’m not sure how much of that is genetics and how much of that was growing up with a mother that took oral health very seriously! Probably a little of both.
National Oral Health Care Month
National Oral Health Care month acts as the perfect annual reminder that it’s important to pay special attention to our teeth and our overall oral hygiene, which can have a tremendous impact on our overall health. Did you know that poor oral health can lead to gum disease, which left untreated can lead to the loss of teeth… do I need to go on?
To get you started on the path towards a brighter, whiter smile, I suggest the following tips:
Children often look at mom and dad as role models, so make sure you lead by example and talk to them about the importance of taking care of their teeth and gums!
- Suggest using a timer or a song to ensure that the kiddies are brushing for as long as they’re supposed to. You can even make it a family activity by doing it all together. There are some really fun mobile apps you can download for this!
- Many kids do best with a routine so try and stick to one when it comes to dental care.
- Give your kiddos a bonus for brushing. A sticker chart that keeps track of their brushing habits is a great way to give them an incentive to brush.
- Lead by example. Not only does it show kids that you care about your own teeth, but watching things like your proper brushing and flossing technique helps them learn.
- Introduce a toothpaste and brush that features one of your kids favourite characters – such as the Orajel™ Spiderman™ and My Little Pony™ Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste and the Kids Spinbrush™ My Little Pony™ Battery Toothbrush. It keeps things exciting while practicing healthy habits! And make sure they like the flavour of the toothpaste!
For the Grown Ups:
Make sure you’re brushing and flossing at least twice a day to achieve optimal oral health.
- The Canadian Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush or toothbrush head every three months or sooner if it becomes worn, for an optimal clean.
- Use a battery-powered toothbrush with sonic pulsating action. For example, the newArm & Hammer™ Sonic Pulse Battery Toothbrush is clinically proven to remove 2X more plaque versus a manual toothbrush. This toothbrush has a slim, ergonomic handle, and comes with a replaceable head and battery!
- If you can’t resist desserts and candy, pay attention! Foods that contains a lot of sugar can stain your teeth and soften tooth enamel. I recommend Arm & Hammer™ Truly Radiant™ Clean & Fresh™ Toothpaste for enamel safe whitening and lasting freshness plus it prevents tartar build up!
This month make it your goal to wear a smile you’re proud of. How are you practicing (and teaching) good oral health habits?