This summer join Colgate and their Building Smiles Tour as they go across the US to educate parents and children about the importance of good oral hygiene and the role it plays in your overall health. I visited the tour stop last month in Marietta, GA but was totally bummed when their van broke down and it got cancelled. I did, however, get a chance to talk to the person running the tour van and learned quite a bit of information. I was sincerely bummed out that we weren’t going to be able to see the tour van, but still found a bunch of information on the Colgate Building Smiles Tour site.
Colgate’s Building Smiles Together Tour Mission
In an effort to help combat rising cavity rates and build healthy smiles, Colgate’s Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® is working with Walmart to create “Building Smiles Together™” — a new initiative dedicated to providing free dental screenings and oral health education to children in need.
Traveling around the country throughout the year, a fleet of Colgate’s Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® mobile dental vans will be on-site at participating Walmart stores. Staffed by volunteer dental professionals, children (ages 1- 12) will receive free screenings, treatment referrals and key learning tools to help them build a lifetime of healthy habits.
By combining the free screenings and education with Walmart’s everyday low prices and broad assortment of oral care products, this initiative will provide families the much-needed access to the education and everyday oral care necessities they need to live better, healthier lives.
As part of my obligation to maintain good oral hygiene I went to my local Walmart and shopped for new Colgate brand toothpaste and toothbrushes for my family. Did you know you are supposed to replace them if you get a cold? I forget that some times. Please check out my ThisMoment shop:
Here are some tips by Colgate on caring for your child’s teeth:
- Use a soft nylon toothbrush with a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste.
- Teach your child to spit out the foamy saliva.
- As soon as any two of your child’s teeth touch each other, floss between them. After age 9, children can floss their own teeth. Flossing removes food from between the teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach.
- Talk to your child’s dentist or doctor to be sure he or she is getting the right amount of fluoride.
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