Monday, August 30, 2010

5 Simple Things to Keep Your Kids Smiles Healthy & Bright

Did you know that each year, more than 51 million school hours are lost as a result of problems related to tooth decay, the most common chronic childhood disease in America [1]? In fact, tooth decay affects approximately half of all second graders and nearly 80 percent of 17-year-olds[2]. That’s why Trident® has partnered with Smiles Across America® to help underprivileged children get the dental care they need.

Here are 5 simple things you can do to keep your kids smiles healthy & bright:

1. Regular Visits (twice a year) to the Family Dentist. My children began to see a Dentist when they were just toddlers.

2. Limit Sugar Intake. Putting a limit on the amount of candy or other sweets a child can have each week can make a big difference in the long run.

3. Brush teeth Twice a Day. My children brush their teeth in the morning and at bedtime.

4. Healthy Snack Alternatives. My husband and I purchased fruit and veggies for our children, when they were much younger, to snack on instead of candy. To this day they love fresh fruit and veggies!

5. By Example (Adults). Children do what they see their parents do. If they observe their parents religiously brushing their teeth, they will religiously brush their teeth.

Facts About Trident:

*Chewing Trident sugar free gum for 20 minutes after a meal can help fight cavities.
*Xylitol, a sugar free sweetener in Trident, has been shown to loosen plaque.
*Trident is available in 11 great flavors so kids have lots to choose from!

About Trident® Sugar Free Gum
Trident gum has long been a pioneer in providing oral health benefits to consumers. Trident was the first gum brand of its kind to undergo testing in 1967 with studies showing that people who chewed Trident experienced significantly fewer cavities. Trident is available in 11 great-tasting flavors: Original Flavor, Bubble Gum, Spearmint, Tropical Twist, Watermelon Twist, Wild Blueberry Twist, Minty Sweet Twist, Passionberry Twist, Wintergreen, Strawberry Twist and Cinnamon. All flavors can be purchased in 18-piece packs and 54-piece multi-packs (three 18-piece packages).

About Smiles Across America® (SAA)
SAA is a signature program created by Oral Health America, a national non-profit organization dedicated to changing lives by connecting communities with resources to increase access to care, education and advocacy around oral health. SAA improves the health of elementary school students by supporting oral disease prevention services in school-based or school-linked settings, and demonstrating to communities that healthy mouths are integral to overall health. For more information, visit

[1] Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General, May 2000
[2] National Center for Health Statistics, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III

Naddez's Goody Corner Disclosure:
I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Trident blogging program, making me eligible to get a $25 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here. (link to:


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