Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Colgate Oral Health Month

I sadly could not make the event in London to celebrate Colgate Oral Health Month but I was kindly sent some goodies anyway.  My two are connoisseurs of toothpaste so I was pleased to have some new ones for them to try out, they are quite particular, and youngest especially is not a huge fan of mint.  So having a mild version will probably suit him quite nicely and as for the Spiderman battery powered toothbrush I think war will be on the cards over who gets to use that…  new toothbrushes and toothpastes are a appropriate motivation to encourage good oral hygiene habits!

It is fabulous to see Colgate raising awareness during September of the importance of good oral health.  I do not always find the morning brushing teeth routine easy, but I always insist the boys have a thorough brush before leaving the house for school.  A Colgate survey found that  one in five parents make teeth brushing routines more fun by singing a special tooth-brushing song, so maybe I should try just try harder!  But first thing in the morning, just opening my eyes is a stretch, coming up with a song and dance routine might be too much before 9am... (maybe we could have a weekend sing song instead!).

It is good to avoid the use of sweets and chocolate to encourage children to brush their teeth because it kind of defeats the object!  Although I can sympathize with any approach as the tantrums and tears can tire you out, but you can do it.  Googles a suitable tooth brushing song, maybe we could all sing together!  In the meantime Colgate have commissioned some helpful video's.  You can see more by clicking on following links - Dental expert Dr Simon N Khoury BDS, nutritionist Dr Nigel Denby and psychologist Dr Karen Pine, I am off to swot up!  We will have pearly whites to envy here...

If you head to the website www.colgate.co.uk/oralhealthmonth there is more useful information to give you further guidance!  Yes caring for your child's teeth can be a fight at times, but its well worth preserving.  A lovely smile gives a child confidence and a spring in their step!

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