My own journey with dental health started off well- my parents made sure we brushed twice a day, and even used datoon (neem twigs) for our teeth. We were allowed chocolates and cold drinks on rare occasions but I could peel sugarcane without any pain or sensitivity, and I took pride in the strength of my teeth.
However, as I grew older, and my health became my own responsibility, I neglected dental health slightly. Soon, my enamel started to deplete, cavities started to form, but when I finally had a root canal, I decided it was time to wake up, and start taking better care of my teeth.
Today, as a mother, I take great care of my family’s dental health, we brush twice a day, and avoid sweet food. But, to my utter horror, my younger one has started to develop a cavity!
An assumption I always held on to, is to blame here. I believed that milk teeth would eventually fall and I need not worry until permanent teeth grew. So when the milk tooth with cavity fell, a permanent tooth replaced it, but, it too started to develop a cavity, shortly after.
I was quite disheartened at the situation. Fortunately for me, the Colgate dental camp happening in Mumbai, caught my attention. I decided to pay a visit with my children.
Here I learnt that almost 70% of the kids in Mumbai have cavities. This is a truly shocking number!
The doctor who gave my kids a quick dental check-up, also told us of some important ways to improve dental health. Here’s the gist of it:
Can brushing frequently help? Actually, dentists will tell you that too much brushing leads to wear and tear of the enamel on the teeth as well as damage and push back the gums, exposing the sensitive root area. Brushing two times a day with a suitable toothpaste would be the best bet.
2) Regular Dental Visits
Here’s a fact: A kid’s teeth has 50% less enamel and if left unchecked it can damage their teeth entirely. Therefore, don’t limit dentist visits only to the times that your kid reports pain. Regular dentist visits keep serious problems at bay.
3) Fluoride Toothpaste- Colgate For Strong Teeth
Fluoride toothpastes can help remineralize the tooth and prevent cavities from forming by replacing lost minerals in the enamel.
4) Pay Attention to Their Gum Health
Taking care of your kid’s gum health is as important as the teeth. If your kid develops plaque, their gums could swell up and bleed while brushing. So gum health and hygiene can’t be ignored. An improved brushing technique that caters to gum hygiene helps in this regard.
5) Avoid Sugary foods
Sugary foods tend to stick to the teeth and fizzy drinks erode the enamel, so it’s best to avoid these or consume them in limited quantities.
Flossing is something most people dismiss blatantly. Most of us are not even aware of flossing- let alone for kids. It’s best to check with one’s dentist on the correct way to do this.
We left the camp, fully determined to take better care of dental health, and 5 dental cards to share with friends and family, that would give each of them a free dental visit. Unfortunately, 2 out of the 5 of their kids were also diagnosed with cavities. This was a shockingly high number. We have all vowed to take better care of our teeth, henceforth.
A few days after my visit, I received a pleasant surprise. Colgate sent me a beautifully packed hamper with various calcium rich products such as museli, broccoli, almond, kiwi, cheese, and lots more. But the best part was the new and improved Colgate Strong Teeth.
Colgate also shared a video, which demonstrates how the Colgate Strong Teeth works. The new Colgate Strong Teeth with Amino Shakti, gives 4x strengthening power which helps add natural calcium to the teeth through remineralization process and makes them strong from within.
I have switched to Colgate Strong Teeth for my family, and I already see a positive change. It’s definitely here to stay!
We have a quote pasted on our bathroom wall,
“You don’t have to take care of all your teeth, only the ones you want to keep.”
So, if you want better dental health for your kids, it’s best to start right away, and to start with the Colgate Strong Teeth.