"A picture-perfect smile begins with milk," says Steve James, executive director of the CMPB. "The calcium in the milk helps create strong teeth and a beautiful smile for those memorable school photos and beyond."
The Dental Health Foundation reports that when left untreated dental problems like tooth decay can lead to difficulty speaking and chewing and ultimately, time away from the classroom. Fortunately, there are easy steps that parents can take to prevent cavities in children. Such tips are outlined on www.gotmilk.com.
1. As soon as the first tooth erupts begin brushing your child's teeth with a soft toothbrush. Experts recommend visits to a dentist at the one year mark, with regular check-ups every six months or as recommended by the dentist.
2. Children should brush their teeth at least twice a day for two-and-a-half to three minutes with toothpaste that has fluoride - an ingredient that helps fight cavities.
3. Watch out for puffy, red or tender gums, which are signs that your oral health is deteriorating and you need to see a dentist.
4. Replace sugar filled juices and sodas with milk at mealtimes. Studies show milk not only has plenty of vitamins and nutrients for a growing child, but it also helps strengthen teeth and could help prevent tooth decay.
5. Limit the consumption of sweets that could contribute to tooth decay. Try to avoid hard candy or foods, which could cause teeth to break.
"It's never too late to start practicing these simple tips to achieve picture-perfect smiles for your kids," says Uranga McKane.
The Say Cheese with GOT MILK? photo contest will run from June 8 to July 31, 2009 for California residents only. Photos can be submitted via the following:
|SOURCE The California Milk Processor Board|
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