This post was made possible by my friend at Steripod. I acquired complimentary products to facilitate my overview, although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.
With kids at home, I know firsthand how important is to teach them about personal hygiene and oral hygiene. My kids tend to play around with my head to skip brushing their teeth at night. But talking to them every day and explaining to them how important it’s to brush our teeth every day they will understand.
In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month this February. I have partnered with Steripod to share with you important information from a pediatric dentist and mom Dr. Danielle Gilbert-Fowler, D.M.D. To share hygiene tips for the whole family.
“Families today are always on the go, whether it be school, a sleepover, or a camping trip, you want to take your toothbrush, but you want to keep it clean. Steripod is a great way to do that at home and on the go,” said Dr. Dani, as she’s known to her young patients.
The Importance of Children’s Dental Health
Brush up on more oral hygiene tips with this helpful checklist from Dr. Dani, who shares more expert advice on Steripod’s YouTube channel.
- “Only use a soft bristle toothbrush: While it’s important to remove the plaque that adheres to your tooth structure and gumline, you don’t want to scratch your enamel in the process.
- Start young: Even before your child has teeth. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends brushing your child’s soft tissues (gums and tongue) gently with a soft bristle toothbrush or a clean, moist washcloth once to twice a day.
- Use an FDA approved fluoridated toothpaste. It’s okay to look for a flavor your child likes as long as it has fluoride in it. For parents that are strongly opposed to fluoride, I recommend finding a toothpaste with Xylitol.
Thinking in Your Children’s Dental Health
- The AAPD recommends that caregivers begin brushing with a fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth erupts. Like all medicine, especially preventative medicine, it’s all about dosage! An infant who is not able to expectorate (aka spit) yet, only needs a small smear of toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. Around three years old, you can increase the size of toothpaste to a small pea-sized amount.
- It’s recommended that until the age of 7-8 years old, the parent needs to participate in the child’s brushing. On average, the fine motor skills needed to do a good job brushing one’s teeth aren’t developed until this age. However, even when a child is old enough to do a good job, it doesn’t mean they will! Hence, even with an older child, it’s important to be aware of how they’re doing with their oral hygiene.
- We always worry about kids getting sick-especially during flu season. One way Steripod helps is by decreasing cross-contamination amongst family members who also use an individual tube of toothpaste.
Keep Up With a Daily Routine
- Brush for two minutes, twice a day.
- Don’t forget the soft tissues! Plaque adheres very well to the gum line. If you brush the tooth structure but miss the gum line, you’re missing a lot of the plaque that can cause bad breath, gum disease, and cavities.
- You can’t have a clean mouth with a dirty tongue – it’s a breeding ground for bacteria. I love Steripod’s new Tongue Cleaners – especially for the kids that I see. It’s nice and narrow and something they can easily hold and use to really get back there with no gag reflex. Daily use of a Steripod Tongue Cleaner helps get rid of the contaminants that cause bad breath.”
Here’s a video of Pediatric Dentist “Dr. Dani” sharing why she recommends Steripod Kids and Tongue Cleaners for her patients: Watch Video.
The suggested retail price for a two-pack is $5.99. New Steripod Tongue Cleaners for a clean mouth and fresh breath are available online in blue, pearl, pink or teal at Amazon ($2.99 for a 2-pack or $29.99 for a 24-pack). All Steripod products are BPA-free and non-toxic.