Seven Steps For Keeping Teeth Healthy For A Lifetime

A beautiful smile can last all your life if you take good the time to take care. That’s why it is crucial for parents to teach good oral health habits in their children as soon as is possible.
According to U.S. Dr. Richard H. Carmona’s “National Call for Action to Enhance oral health” document, youngsters are missing over 51 million hours in school and adults lose over 16 million hours of work each year because of dental diseases or visits to the dentist. The national total cost of dental care was estimated to exceed $70.1 billion in 2002.

“Oral health issues are increasing in the communities across the nation,” Dr. Marsha Butler Colgate-Palmolive’s Vice-President, Global Oral Health and Professional Relations describes. “For children between five and 17 in the U.S., tooth decay is more frequent than asthma, and is more frequent than hay fever, and is a serious threat to the health of our children’s general and wellbeing.”

In the past, as part of this year’s celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, Colgate and Dr. Carmona presented “The U.S. The Surgeon General’s seven Steps to a Bright Smile,” tips that were made with funding from Colgate-Palmolive to maintain gums and teeth and healthy.

1. Cleanse gums and teeth using fluoride toothpaste at minimum every day, preferably between meals and prior to going to bed.

2. Go to the dentist frequently.

3. Floss your teeth daily.

4. Make use of fluoride rinses to maintain strong gums and teeth that are healthy.

5. Limit the amount of times you snack throughout the day. And be sure to eat healthy and take enough calcium.

6. Wear a mouthguard during sports.

7. Ask your dental professional about dental sealants.

With it’s Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program, Colgate has reached more than 50 million kids with free dental screenings and treatment referrals as well as dental health education. The company is halfway towards meeting a public commitment to provide 100 million children through these services by 2010. Brighter Smiles. Bright Futures helps children to be in charge of their oral health and to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining a healthy dental hygiene.

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