five simple things you can do for your child to help keep their smiles healthy and bright

It’s as close as to go back to school and twittermoms and trident ask me to share the 5 healthy tips on how to keep their teeth clean and healthy. I have 2 boys, one that is 4 years old and another is 1 years old. As much as my 4 y/o hates to brush his teeth I assure him that it’s to keep his teeth clean and bright so he can smile night and day!

1. Brush right after you wake up and right before bedtime. twice a day. As much as my son hates to brush, I always get up in the morning and wake him up and show him how to get the job done.

2. Don’t eat candies excessively. It would leave your teeth rotten and cavities. Who would want it. I remembe how many cavities I used to get from eating candy. OOPS!

3. Eat healthy foods such as vegetables and fruits. I always try to introduce fruits/veggies to my boys. Unfortunately that dont always work. it’s in the works.

4. Go to dentist every 6 months. I remember my 4 y/o first dentist last year. He was so afraid, I stood beside him and held his hand. But he came out with teeth sparkling clean. NO CAVITIES! yeah!

5. have adults help you floss your teeth for some stuck foods between your teeth. IT helps teeth and help gum staying pink.

Some suggestions from twittermoms:
* Chewing Trident sugar free gum for 20 minutes after a meal can help fight cavities.
* Xylitol, a sugar free sweetener in Trident, has been shown to loosen plaque.
* Trident is available in 11 great flavors so kids have lots to choose from!
* Brush: Remind children to brush their teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time, using no more than a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste.
* Eat: Nutritious foods are an important part of keeping children’s smiles healthy and their teeth strong.
* Floss: Have children gently floss once a day to remove food that can get stuck between their teeth and sticky plaque that forms on their teeth. Brushing alone cannot reach all of the surfaces on a tooth.
* Avoid: Try to avoid overindulging in sticky and sugary foods. When kids do have a special treat, make sure they brush and floss afterwards.
* Routine: Remember to get regular dental check-ups. Have them visit a dentist twice a year to make sure that they are taking good care of their teeth and gums.

I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Trident blogging program, making me eligible to get a $25 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, http://trident.twittermoms.com/about

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