*This is a sponsored post in behalf of Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures oral health education program, however all thoughts are my own.
According to the World Health Organization, 6090% of school children worldwide, and nearly 100% of adults have dental cavities. Globally, about 30% of people aged 6574 have no natural teeth. This isn’t good. Oral health is so important, yet some people don’t seem to pay enough attention to the health of their teeth. In order to ensure you don’t become one of these statistics, it’s important to book regular dental appointments with your local Family Dentistry service to ensure your teeth are well-maintained and healthy. Dentists can help people keep their smiles looking perfect, so it’s important to brush your teeth well and keep regular appointments with your dentist.
That being said, it is no secret that a lot of people put off going to the dentist for as long as they can. In case you were not aware, dentophobia (odontophobia), or fear of dentists, is a common phobia. Dentophobia can have an impact on people of all ages and it is sometimes related to iatrophobia, or a fear of doctors, as well as trypanophobia, or a fear of needles. Dentophobia can be mild or severe, but there is no denying that not going to the dentist out of fear can eventually lead to serious health issues. With this in mind, it is important to understand that dentophobia is entirely treatable. Moreover, if you are struggling with the notion of visiting a dentist, you might want to see a mental health professional first to bring your phobia under control. You can then search for a dentist that makes you feel comfortable. Ultimately, finding a dentist that you can fully trust is worth the effort as your oral hygiene is a vital part of your overall health.
Oral health is essential to general health and quality of life. Among the many advantages of a healthy oral state is being free from mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral infection and sores, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, and other diseases and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in biting, chewing, smiling, speaking, and psychosocial wellbeing. If you experience any of the aforementioned conditions, then you need to make a dentist appointment for as soon as possible. If the pain is particularly serious then you will need an emergency appointment – you can find an emergency dentist by visiting the CareDash website for further information and guidance.
Half a billion school kids around the world have benefitted from the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures oral health education program (http://www.colgatebsbf.com).
Now, this award-winning program is offering an educational app: “My Bright Smile.”
The app includes five games, including “Visit the Dentist,” “Swipe the Sweets” and “Brush the Teeth.” There’s even a two-minute song that will help keep your kids brushing until every tooth is cleaned.
Soon after I downloaded the app, I explored its content and features. As an adult, I enjoyed using it apart from the fact that the app has some helpful information. As with my daughter, she was “entertained” and have always looked forward to brushing her teeth so that she can use the 2-minute song as she brush her teeth.
The “My Bright Smile” app is a good motivation for young kids to brush their teeth and encourage regular dentist visits. This worked for my daughter and it may work for yours too.
“My Bright Smile” is available for free on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store
One of the most important things we NEED to teach our children is the value of oral hygiene. As parents, it is our duty to make sure that our kids are taking care of their teeth as much as they would with the other parts of their body.