Good oral health leads to great smiles #TimeToSmile #SonrisaColgate

*Disclosure – This post is in partnership with Colgate. This does not change the fact that all views and opinions are honest and our own…

 

Oral health is so important and can lead to some great smiles!

I look back at photo upon photo of Hubby and me through the years and there is something that really bothers me. No, it has nothing to do with me, it has 100% something to do with Hubby. You see, Hubby will not smile in a photo. I am not kidding, it truly drives me insane. When we first started dating, oh so many years ago, before the time of selfies, we would pose for photos and unlike now, we couldn’t look at the camera and approve the photo, we would have to wait until the photo was printed and then I would be faced with a ton of photos filled with my looking so happy and in love and Hubby looking like he was in pain. HA! One day, I finally asked him what his deal was and his answer was simple, he hates his smile. You see, Hubby grew up in a less affluential side of town than I did, focusing more on staying out of trouble and sports than on his teeth or oral health. Though his parents pushed him to brush and took him to the dentist, it was never a priority to him and through the years his teeth have turned a bit yellow and thanks to some molars that were not removed, his teeth have shifted, making them uneven.

Did you know that according to a Colgate-Palmolive/Toluna Survey in March 2016, Hispanics report oral health issues at higher rates than the general U.S. population? Fully 87% of the Hispanic parents know that early oral care education is very important for their children, however, 59% think they can do a better job of it. This is interesting to me, since, as you know, Hubby comes from a Hispanic family, meaning my children are partially Hispanic, as well.

Because oral health is so important to me, I am happy to say that I have partnered with Colgate and the ADA to share their “Oral Health Month: Share More Time, Share More Smiles” campaign and to do so, I wanted to share some tips I have come up with to help my children grow up with amazing oral hygiene so that they are never ashamed to hide their beautiful smiles.

  1. We let them choose their own toothpaste, toothbrushes, and even mouthwash when we shop at our local HEB. We love that COLGATE® Kids toothpastes, mouthwashes, and toothbrushes for children ages 2+ feature popular characters – and some toothpastes have the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
  2. We set bets on who can make the biggest foam spit – I know it sounds gross, but my kids have a tendency of using little to no toothpaste, rinsing it off the brush and instead of brushing, they tend to just chew on the toothbrush or let it hang in their mouth. One day I commented, if you aren’t foaming at the mouth, you aren’t doing it right. Well, it took off and now we see who can foam the most not by using the most toothpaste, but by actually brushing instead of chewing on their toothbrush.
  3. It’s a family thing – I noticed that when we brush together, we tend to do a better job and it is also fun. I believe in leading by example and when the kids see us brushing for a whole two minutes, then cleaning our tongue, they follow along. 
  4. Flossing is NOT gross, but finding things in our teeth is cool -Yes, at ages six, eight, and ten, they like gross things and one of then flosses and pulls something out we make a huge deal and all of us laugh non-stop. It makes the kids WANT to floss and I have found it helps them floss more thoroughly.

The best part is that Hubby is just as involved in teaching oral health as I am and since we started the kids early in life, good oral hygiene is something that just is, it is non-negotiable and is just a part of life.

Oh, and guess what? For every image liked, shared, or posted on social media with the hashtag #TimeToSmile, Colgate will donate $1 to the ADA Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile® program** that provides free oral health care, education and screening to underserved children. So, not only are we instilling amazing oral health unto our children, we can help other children too.

On top of that, Colgate, in partnership with the ADA, offers bilingual oral health education materials such as a shareable infographic that I posted above, activity sheets for kids, and other oral care resources on colgate.com/sonrisas. Bilingual videos, articles, downloadable family activities will also be available on the ADA’s site MouthHealthy.org/OralHealthMonth.

So, remember, it is never too early to lead by example and show your kids how easy it is to have amazing oral health!

 

**Between June 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017, Colgate-Palmolive will donate $1.00 to the ADA Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile program, with a minimum donation of $10,000 and a maximum donation of $40,000, for each share/like of the video content or picture that is shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Google+ with #TimetoSmile. No purchase required.

 

How do you instill good oral health habits onto your children?

 

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*Disclosure – as stated above, this post is in partnership with Colgate. This does not change the fact that all views and opinions are honest and our own…

 

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  1. Jenn Mitchell says:

    We love Colgate toothpaste around here. This is such great encouragement!

  2. TColeman says:

    Good oral health is so important. Learning it young is the perfect time to develop good habits.

  3. Encouraging good oral health in kids is so important. Healthy habits now mean healthy teeth for a lifetime.

  4. I love this! I’ve always made sure that I instilled the importance of taking care of their mouths in my kids. You only have one set of teeth and gums.

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