Facing life without teeth is pretty much daunting and no one wants to go to that direction. However, we see it happen all the time when people pay no attention to their oral hygiene. It makes sense why health organizations encourage children of young age to develop a good habit of tooth brushing as early as they can. That is, twice a day for 2 minutes.
16 million children could be affected by dental decay—a chronic childhood disease. It is not only deadly, but it's also linked to obesity, diabetes, even heart disease.
Thanks to the Partnership, Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives. Through their website, families are educated on how important it is to brush teeth regularly at an early age. It is full of resources, sing along songs and cartoon videos that will enlighten everyone about good oral hygiene.
The cartoons and songs contained in the website are 2 minutes long that can be downloaded onto the cell phone, encouraging parents to take it into the bathroom or wherever they’re brush their teeth with their kids. All these were made possible by the collaboration of the Cartoon Network, Dreamworks and Sesame Street.
Dr. Joel Berg, the President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, says "not only are the teeth clean, preventing potentially devastating disease, but the routine of oral health is engrained in every child's heart and soul."
Dr. Berg believes that if the level of awareness is raised and the importance of it is raised, then there will be a significant difference in the results.
We at Dr. Michael’s, share the view that no child should be in pain. Children should be trained to take good care of their teeth to avoid oral and other serious diseases.