Brushing Up on a Good Habit
Don't let a tooth brushing habit take a bite out of your children's teeth.
Grey Bruce Health Unit is launching an
exciting new dental health campaign to mark Dental Health Month in April, with
a clear message "2 for 2 is what
The message is simple: brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time.† It seems to be a message that Canadian children and their parents need to hear, since many children are not effective at brushing.† Either they "rush" the brush or do not brush regularly.† When food and plaque remain on teeth, then problems can occur such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Tooth brushing is a simple way to remove debris from teeth and protect you from dental disease.† It is not necessary to spend big bucks on toothbrushes.† A soft-bristled toothbrush is recommended.† When using toothpaste only a small pea-size amount is needed.† So a tube of toothpaste should last a long time.† Only children over the age of three should use fluoridated toothpaste since young children tend to swallow it.† There is a definite value in promoting tooth brushing to children.† Children who practise self-care activities, like tooth brushing, are more likely to adopt other healthy lifestyle behaviors as adults.
Adults can also practice the "2 for 2" message by brushing twice daily for two minutes each time.† Remember children often model their parentsí behaviour.† Setting a positive example will go a long way in promoting good dental habits.† Besides encouraging brushing the "2 for 2" way, parents should also supervise and help young children with brushing to ensure that a thorough job has been done.† Good times for children to brush are after breakfast and before bedtime.† Always teach children about the importance of choosing healthy foods and snacks.† Snacks that are high in sugar or starch can cause cavities quickly, especially if eaten often and left to stay on teeth.† These types of foods should be eaten at mealtimes, instead of having them as a snack.
The 2 for 2 message is within reach of all children.† It is simple and affordable for families and has significant benefits for both children and adults.
For further information call Public Health Unit at 376-9420.