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Seven Steps For Keeping Teeth Healthy For A Lifetime

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A smile can last a lifetime – if you take care of it. For this reason, it is important that parents teach their children good oral hygiene habits as early as possible. According to the Call, children lose more than 51 million hours of school time each year and adults lose more than 164 million hours of work due to dental disease and visits to the dentist. Total national claims for dental benefits in 2002 were estimated at over $70.1 billion.

“Oral disease is a worrying trend in communities across the country,” explains Dr. Marsha Butler, Colgate-Palmolive’s Vice President of Global Oral Health and Professional Relations. “Here in the United States, tooth decay is more common than asthma and more common than hay fever in children ages 5 to 17, and poses a significant threat to children’s overall health and well-being. At the National Children’s Dental Health Month celebration, Carmona shared “The US Surgeon’s Seven Steps to a Brilliant Dental Health Month” with tips to protect teeth and keep gums strong and healthy, developed with a grant from Colgate-Palmolive. Share “Smile”:

  1. Brushing Brush your teeth and gums with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day, especially after breakfast and before bed.
  2. Go to the dentist regularly.
  3. Floss daily.
  4. Use a fluoride rinse for strong, healthy teeth and gums.
  5. Limit how often you snack between meals each day and remember to eat healthily and get enough calcium.
  6. Wear a mouth guard while exercising.
  7. Ask your dentist about tooth sealants.

Through its Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program, Colgate provides more than 50 million children with free dental check-ups, treatment referrals, and oral health education. The company said by 2010 it had more than halved its promise to provide these services to 100 million children. Maintain good dental hygiene.

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