Have your children ever had a cavity? My mouth is filled with lead fillings, but my children’s mouths were untouched until recently. Ten years of dentist check ups with no cavities. Ten years of going home with new toothbrushes and a see you in six months appointment card. Ten years of brushing the kids’ teeth once a day and flossing on special occasions and feeling like we were doing enough.
Last month our lucky stream came to an end. Bella had four cavities. Four! They were caused by decay between teeth from not flossing. It took two painful sessions to get them filled, and the fear of the novacaine injections and the noise of the drilling was tough on my ten year old. Needless to say, she flosses religiously now. She is highly motivated to keep future cavities at bay.
But getting the other kids to comply is tough. And I’m not as good about flossing as I should be.
So when the Motherhood offered our family the chance to participate in an Oral Health Challenge sponsored by Listerine and Walmart, I agreed immediately. I’ll do anything I can to avoid another cavity diagnosis.
- Brushing alone misses 75% of your mouth.
- According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 50% of children between the ages of 5 and 9 have a cavity or filling.
- Nearly 75% of American adults suffer from various forms of gum disease and don’t know it.
- And if you think your dental bills are sky high now, a 2010 report from the Pew Center on the States predicts that total annual spending for dental care is expected to increase 58 percent before 2018.
I hope you’ll join me in this oral challenge of brushing, flossing, and rinsing twice a day. To learn more, go to www.walmart.com/AHA/Listerine/Reach to access to tips from leading dental experts and great values and prices on oral care products or visit www.Listerine.com.
I received products and compensation from Johnson & Johnson and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the Oral Care Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.