Why National Children’s Dental Health Month is Important

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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.  

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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.

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  • 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.”
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Here’s a video of Pediatric Dentist “Dr. Dani” sharing why she recommends Steripod Kids and Tongue Cleaners for her patients: Watch Video.

The Importance of Children's Dental Health

Steripod is available at major retailers nationwide including Target; Walmart; Bed Bath & Beyond; CVS; Walgreens, or online at Amazon or GetSteripod.com.

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.

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20 thoughts on “Why National Children’s Dental Health Month is Important”

  1. Thanks i clicked on the National children’s dental health month ,they have some fun activity sheets for free for the little ones ,

  2. Yesterday was my daughters dental checkup I asked my dentist about the tongue cleaner and the toothbrush proctor she agreed it’s a smart idea for good oral health

  3. A inexpensive way to keep our toothbrush clean and keep our kids healthy I’m considering buying this kit Thanks

  4. Saw this post and i liked the ideal so i picked up steripod clip-on toothbrush cover 2pack it was only 5.49 at target love this blog always great things for the family

  5. Just saw your story on instagram to check this out so happy I did I’m buying the kit for my whole family love the tips and video it’s very helpful thanks for sharing

  6. Good morning I’ll be making sure my (baby) she is 6 is brushing her teeth for at least 2 minutes I got to be or she would be done in 30 seconds I also love the video very good advice I’m going to the store we don’t Have tongue scrapers I’ll be looking for steripod brand

  7. How come I don’t have a toothbrush protector for my household oh because I just found out about this now thank to your blog I’ll be ordering this thanks for sharing

  8. I’ll be replacing my children’s toothbrush with this protector every 3 months as recommend love the colors going to see if my local cvs has in store just saw this at link party thanks for sharing

  9. Its nice to see this on your blog sometimes we overlook things that are so important will be buying the kit from steripod thanks for sharing

  10. Good morning I will also be buying the kit this also reminds me it’s also time for some new toothbrushes thanks for sharing national Children’s dental Health Month

  11. Saw this on twitter this is something i never saw before the toothbrush protectors is a excellent way to keep the toothbrush germ -free its something i would buy for my family i just joined your blogs email so i don’t miss any of your cool post

  12. I’m learning a lot from this post didn’t realize you should use a soft bristle toothbrush and how important it is to brush the gum line thanks for sharing 🥰

  13. I never had a tongue cleaner for my little ones after reading about this I’m going to buy this kit some good information ℹ️ thanks for sharing

  14. This will be good for my daughter she goes on lots of sleepovers and this is a way I know her toothbrush will be protected and the cleaner for the tongue I think everyone should have one

  15. Just watched the video you shared of DR Dani now i know how important the tongue cleaners are for everyone

  16. A great way to keep your families toothbrushes clean and sterile good idea 💡

  17. It’s nice we have someone so thoughtful like you doing this awesome blog your a great help in so many ways thank you the kit is a wonderful Way to get the kids into a good habit I will be looking for

  18. Steripod Makers has a great deal for my children 2 free tongue 👅 cleaners with the NCDHM kit I’ll be ordering this from amazon thanks for sharing

  19. Thanks for sharing this I will definitely order for my son it’s so important to teach him oral hygiene 🦷 at a young age

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