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Seven Steps to Keeping Your Teeth Healthy For Life

If you take care of your smile, it can last a lifetime. As a result, parents must teach good oral health habits to their children as early as feasible.

According to the “National Call to Action to Promote Oral Health” report by U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, children miss more than 51 million school hours, and adults miss more than 164 million work hours each year due to oral disease or dental appointments. In 2002, the overall cost of dental care in the United States was anticipated to be more than $70.1 billion.

“Oral health disease is making troubling inroads into communities around the country,” explains Dr. Marsha Butler, Colgate-Vice Palmolive’s President of Global Oral Health and Professional Relations. “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 released “The Surgeon General’s Seven Steps to a Bright Smile,” suggestions developed with a grant from Colgate-Palmolive to help maintain teeth and gums strong and healthy:

  1.  Brush your teeth and gums with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day, preferably after breakfast and before going to bed.
  2.  Go to the dentist on a regular basis.
  3.  Floss your teeth every day.
  4.  For strong, healthy teeth and gums, use fluoride rinse.
  5.  Limit the number of snacks you have each day, and remember to eat healthy and obtain plenty of calcium.
  6.  When participating in sports, wear a mouthguard.
  7.  Inquire with your dentist about dental sealants.

Colgate’s Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program has provided free dental screenings, treatment referrals, and oral health education to over 50 million children. The corporation is already more than halfway to reaching a public pledge to reach 100 million youngsters with these services by 2010. Bright Smiles, Bright Futures empowers youngsters to take charge of their oral health and raises awareness about the importance of proper dental care.

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