If you take care of your smile, it can last a lifetime. As a result, it's critical for every age group and parents to teach proper oral hygiene habits in their children as early as feasible.
According to the "National Call to Action to Promote Oral Health" study by US Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, children miss more than 51 million school hours and adults miss more than 164 million work hours per year due to tooth disease or dental visits.
Dr. Marsha Butler, Colgate-Vice Palmolive's President, Global Oral Health and Professional Relations, explains, "Oral health disease is making worrying inroads into communities around the country." "Tooth decay is more common than asthma and hay fever among children aged 5 to 17 in the United States, and it poses a substantial threat to our children's overall health and well-being."
During National Children's Dental Health Month, Colgate and Dr. Carmona announced "The US Surgeon General's Seven Steps to a Bright Smile," a set of suggestions developed with the support of a Colgate-Palmolive grant to help maintain teeth and gums strong and healthy:
1. Brush your teeth and gums at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, preferably after breakfast and before bedtime.
2. Schedule frequent dental visits.
3. Make sure you floss every day.
4. Use a fluoride rinse to keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy.
5. Limit the number of snacks you consume every day, and remember to eat properly and obtain plenty of calcium.
6. When participating in sports, wear a mouth-guard.
7. Consult your dentist about dental sealants.
Colgate has provided free dental exams, treatment referrals, and oral health education to more than 50 million children through its Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program. By the end of the year, the corporation will have reached more than half of its goal of reaching 100 million youngsters with these services.
By 2010, the company will have reached more than half of its goal of reaching 100 million youngsters with these services. Bright Smiles, Bright Futures encourages kids to take charge of their oral health and raises awareness about the need of proper dental cleanliness.
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