Teaching your kids the importance of good dental habits will lead to a bright smile and a bright future. That's why the people at Colgate created the Bright Smiles, Bright Futures initiative.
From the time your baby's first teeth appear, at about six months, parents should clean the child's teeth and gums with a clean, damp washcloth or a gauze pad after each feeding.
At the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures website, parents can click on the "Program Materials" link to download oral health tips for kids of all ages, a video about proper brushing and interactive games kids can play to learn more about their teeth.
Teach your child to take good care of their teeth from the time they are young. Regular visits to the dentist from the time your child is a toddler will help prevent cavities and keep your child's teeth healthy.
It's easiest for children to use a youth-sized toothbrush. Your child should brush teeth after each meal or snack and before bedtime.
According to the website, more than 51 million school hours are lost each year in the U.S. because of dental related illness. Teaching good oral care habits will help keep your child healthy.
Your child's baby teeth are needed for eating, speaking and proper jaw growth. Baby teeth also create space in your child's mouth for permanent teeth.
Your child will begin to lose the 20 primary teeth around the age of 6. As permanent molars begin to come in, your child's dentist can coat them with a sealant to keep out germs and food, preventing cavities.
Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures has recently partnered with Teach for America in the Smile for Picture Day program, promoting healthy dental habits among children in need.
The American Association of Orthodontics suggests that all children visit an orthodontist by the age of 7 to check for crowding, crookedness and bite problems.
Parents set the example for their children by eating healthy foods and avoiding sugary snacks and encouraging their kids to do the same.
Your child's teeth are meant to last a lifetime. By teaching your child the right dental care, your child's smile will stay healthy forever.