Children’s Dental Health Month is right around the corner and Captain Supertooth is ready to talk toothbrushes!
Who is this Captain Supertooth? Delta Dental of New Jersey proudly presents the Captain Supertooth Program for schools in New Jersey and Connecticut. The program, presented by our very own Captain Supertooth – is provided as a public service during Children’s Dental Health Month (February). The program educates elementary school children about the benefits of good oral hygiene in a fun way.
If you brush the recommended amount – twice daily for at least two minutes per session – then you’ll be spending a lot of quality time with your toothbrush over the years. Here are some toothbrush tips for your little one – courtesy of the Captain himself:
1. Choose soft bristles over hard ones unless otherwise instructed by your dentist. Soft bristles move easier and can get between teeth. Hard bristles can make brushing hurt and may also cause pain in your gums.
2. If your child is still using the toothbrush he or she used last summer, it’s definitely time for a new one. Toothbrushes need to be replaced when they get frayed and worn, which is typically every three months.
3. It may be tempting for your tot, but don’t let him or her chew on the toothbrush head. It shortens the life of the bristles.
4. Brush following a meal. It helps remove leftover food debris and bacteria.
5. Bedtime brushing can help your child sleep better. Repeating a bedtime routine (including brushing your teeth, of course) programs your body to wind down. Even if he or she doesn’t want to hit the sack early, remind your tot about the importance of a good snooze.
While these are all very good tips to adopt, the important thing to remember is that brushing twice daily is a necessity, not an option if you want to keep your pearly whites for a lifetime!
Want to hear more from Captain Supertooth? Totally free of charge, children in kindergarten through second grade may attend Captain Supertooth’s Program, which can be tailored to fit a school’s needs. Each program typically lasts about 20 minutes. If you’re interested in learning more, contact Kim Elmore at 973-944-4555.