In celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, the Boger Dental Tooth Fairy and team members made visits to preschools and elementary schools throughout the community spreading the news about the importance of good dental care.
They talked with the kids about the importance of healthy eating, keeping their teeth clean and how to avoid getting cavities. In the elementary school classrooms, they had fun with a couple of activities to get them thinking about the important of their teeth for their mouths and bodies. One experiment demonstrated the amount of sugar in a can of soda and a bottle of a power drink. Our Tooth Fairy demonstrated how to use disclosing tablets to identify left over plaque that has not been brushed away and the importance of using a fluoride rinse after brushing at night. Finally, we gave out goodie bags with a toothbrush, floss, toothpaste and Xylitol toothbrushes and sugar-free gum.
We shared a few helpful tips with parents, too!
• Have your child brush morning and night with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
• Have them floss their teeth every day. Floss aids work great for this age and I showed the children a couple of different examples.
• Use a daily fluoride swish, such as “Inspector Hector” or “ACT.” Listerine also has a great product to show kids their plaque before and after brushing their teeth.
• Consider allowing your child to chew sugar-free gum after meals. Make sure an active ingredient is Xylitol (like the samples we have included), which inhibit Strep Mutans that cause decay.
• Encourage your child to drink plenty of water that has added fluoride. If they drink only bottled water, find a source of water that has added fluoride.
• Limit their intake of sodas, power (sports) drinks and juices, as well as sweets and sticky snacks, such as fruit snacks.