Did you know that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month? This month has been so crazy we weren’t able to touch on it like we’d like, but maybe better late than never? Thanks to Firefly kid’s dental products for educating us on this important topic!
Dental Disease is the #1 illness for children missing school in the US. Isn’t that crazy? Here’s some things we’ve learned about it all:
Did you know the bacteria that causes cavities is contagious? When we’re born we do NOT carry this bacteria, but it is passed to us. It can be passed by sharing drinks, kissing, licking off a pacifier, etc. This bacteria is fed by acid (found in sugar) and then finds it’s way into a once protective biofilm called plaque. Without removing plaque properly, all of these factors play into forming a cavity.
So what should we do? Here’s a suggestions from Dr. Chris Cramer:
“Don’t let the bacteria set up shop in the first place! That starts with mom and dad either testing their levels of bacteria and/or getting on a bacteria reducing protocol that includes excellent home care. That means proper brushing from a very young age, starting with finger brushing as soon as the first tooth erupts. When kids get old enough to brush, make it fun and habit-forming in a good way. I like the Ready Go Brush and other light-up timer toothbrushes from FireFly because they’re colorful and entertaining. FireFly also has an innovative Fluoride Foam Toothpaste that kids absolutely love because they get to squirt it right into their mouths instead of onto the brush. Its foamy texture allows it to get to hard-to-reach places and flush out cavity-causing bacteria.”
We’ve been testing out these products from Firefly and are loving them! The 1 minute timer brush makes it so much easier to enforce an adequate brush session, and the fluoride foam is so much less mess then a typical toothpaste!