Colgate Healthy Smiles

A handful of mommy bloggers were invited over for an afternoon of fun and learning with Colgate one sunny weekday. We were going to have a… Quiz Day!

Colgate Healthy SmilesHanging out with 2/3 of The Soshal Network!

We were divided into teams and we were given signboards to hold up come answering time. It was either multiple choice or true / false.

Colgate Healthy SmilesMy favorite Colgate variant, Colgate Plus Sugar Acid Neutralizer, was the product highlighted at the event. It helps deactivate sugar acids before they can harm the teeth! It’s perfect for family use.

Colgate Healthy SmilesDuring the quiz portion of the event, a lot of really interesting questions which we moms thought we knew the answers to were asked. Did you know that the incidence of cavities among Filipino children is 9 out of 10??? It’s a very alarming number but I can’t say I’m surprised because people in this country tend to prefer sweet food and drink.

Colgate Healthy SmilesThis is the correct way of brushing your teeth. The perfect angle to tilt your toothbrush is 45 degrees for optimal reach. Then you sweep or roll the brush away from the gum line by using short strokes. You gently brush the outside, inside, and chewing surface of each tooth using short back and forth strokes. Then you gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath. Proper brushing takes at least 2 minutes and you’re not supposed to rinse your mouth with water after brushing. You just spit out the toothpaste. I will be the first to admit that I don’t brush this way. OMG I can’t imagine NOT rinsing with water. But we gotta do what we gotta do… and it’s never too late to start!

Colgate Healthy SmilesAside from the very informative quiz activity (which our team didn’t win, lol!), Colgate dental experts debunked some widespread Oral Care Myths. Let me share some of my more important learnings:

  1. Retain the milk teeth as much as possible. Did you know that early extraction or removal of milk teeth may cause misalignment of permanent teeth? This is because the milk teeth act as a guide for the erupting permanent teeth.
  2. Bring your child to the dentist at an early age. It’s suggested that you expose your child to the dental clinic early so that he becomes familiar with the surroundings, alleviating any fear or apprehensions of visiting a dentist.
  3. Babies can’t get cavities. This is totally not true. Baby teeth can get cavities and it can spread to other teeth if left untreated.
  4. Once a tooth is treated, the decay stops. It depends — the decay spot is removed and IF you take care of your teeth, the filled spot will most likely stay clear.
  5. There is a proper dose of toothpaste for children. Children under the age of 2 need only a “smear” of flouridated toothpaste while children aged 2-5 years old need a “pea-sized” amount.
  6. Sugar is the only thing that causes cavities. Almost, but not quite. Acid produced by bacteria in your mouth is the cause of cavities but ANY carb you eat can start that process.
  7. Putting Aspirin next to a tooth will help a toothache. This is a myth. You have to swallow the Aspirin to ease the pain.
  8. Orthodontic treatment can begin as early as 6 or 7 years old. At this age teeth are still developing and the jaw is still growing so some problems maybe easier to address.

As a mom, I consider it my responsibility to ensure the health and well-being of my family and that includes their oral health. Although I’ve been vigilant with trips to the dentist since my kids turned 2, apparently I still don’t know everything! There was still a lot to learn as I later discovered at this event.

Colgate Healthy SmilesThank you Colgate for having us! Here’s to zero cavities!

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