Teeth brushing has been a challenge at our house. Especially for our oldest. Fortunately, she’s had great teeth so far, but we continue to fight about it every day! (I know some day she’ll care about it!).
Fortunately, we were sent some summer cavity prevention tips and an Oral-B Dental Professional Trial Kit to test out by Great Expressions Dental Center (GEDC).
With the help of the Oral-B Dental Professional Trial Kit- Oral-B’s most technologically advanced toothbrush, ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 with SmartGuide provides Oral-B’s most advanced cleaning technology for ultimate plaque removal and also features a wireless SmartGuide, we’ve been able to follow some of these helpful cavity prevention tips. The toothbrush comes with several different heads for different purposes. It also has different modes to go along with the heads. I especially like that there is an indicator to let you know if you are pushing too hard. I learned the wrong way that I was scrubbing my teeth too hard and found that an electric toothbrush helped me not do this and save my teeth.
Summer Cavity Prevention Tips from GEDC:
- Two minutes, two times a day >> The built in timer on the toothbrush really helps. It even lets you know when you should move to the next quarter of your mouth.
- Children should brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day and floss after each brush. To encourage brushing for two minutes, find flavored toothpaste children enjoy or allow them to pick out their own toothbrush at the store. >> We let the girls pick their toothbrushes and toothpaste. It took some time for them to realize that just because they liked the character on the front didn’t mean they would like the flavor of the toothpaste. Flossing is a challenge, but those little handheld floss sticks really help.
- Supervised brushing: For your young children, parents should try monitoring their kids as they attempt brushing so they can get used to it before taking over for them, making sure their teeth are thoroughly brushed/clean. >> We still supervise the 6 and 4 year old. And we even follow behind them with what we call a “brush up” just to make sure they’ve gotten all of the right spaces.
- Use fluoride to combat tooth decay in two ways. Fluoride incorporates into the structure of developing teeth when it is ingested and it protects teeth when it comes in contact with the surface of the teeth. Fluoride is safe but should be used sparingly, if at all, on children under 6. Many water sources include fluoride, but also toothpaste and some supplements contain fluoride and are safe to use with children 6 and over.
- Limit sugary sweets and soda/juices and opt for nutritious food and beverage choices this summer. Healthy eating can help fight tooth decay and can also stimulate your gums and boost the production of saliva. >> We aim for healthy eating every day. And most days, they are limited to water and milk to drink. We don’t do sodas and hardly do juices.
- Preventive tooth sealants can be given to children as soon as their adult teeth grow in. Sealing their adult teeth can help prevent future cavities and tooth decay. >> The oldest just had this done at her last dentist appointment.
- Bring your children along to your dentist appointments. From an early age, it’s helpful to get your children used to visiting dentist offices so that they get into the habit of going and learn the importance of twice annual visits. Also, be sure to discuss any of your children’s health concerns with the dentist (even if it’s not oral-related) since there is sometimes a connection you might not be aware of. >> Well, I think they have only been with me when they are babies. We go to a very child-friendly dentist for them and I think it helps.
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GEDC would like to give one lucky reader their very own Oral-B Dental Professional Trial Kit to try at home.
*Toothbrush received to facilitate the review. All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received.