Mom Bloggers brought home big smiles after enjoying and learning with Colgate in their “Colgate Healthy Smiles for Healthy Lives” event.
Held last August 26, 2015 at Seda Hotel in BGC, blogger moms from Nuffnang and Movent were invited to know more about Colgate’s Oral Care Tips. Being the country’s leading brand in oral healthcare, Colgate aims that this event will “keep parents abreast about the importance of proper oral health for them and the rest of the family.”
Surely moms like me have seen it on TV commercials and read about it somewhere, so most of us were confident that we already have a handful of information about it. But surprisingly, in the quiz-off done by Glowie Robillo, Digital Marketing and Public Relations Manager of Colgate-Palmolive Philippines, there were a lot of “Oh, I see” and “Ah.. really?” and “Now I know” in unison. We were asked common but confusing questions that we’d identify if it’s a Fact or Myth or pick the answer from choices given. However, though most of us knew about it at the top of our heads as “general knowledge” or “common notion”, the answers that were revealed were definitely a new catch!
As what host Glowie said, “Oral care is and will always be one of the core aspects of a child’s health and well-being. By presenting facts and debunking oral health myths in an engaging way, we are making it relevant to the representatives of new-age moms, the bloggers,”
To make this event more educational and informational, Colgate’s resident dentists, Dr. Bong David, Dr. Louie Quiambao and Dr. Noel Luna, as well as the BSBF/Public Health/Professional Oral Care Digital Manager, Diomar Escat shared their expertise on oral healthcare. They straightened out general myths and misconceptions and gave factual and scientific pointers.
Of course, as the event was attended by mom bloggers like me, kid’s oral care was also tackled. Colgate’s Oral Care Tips and the resident dentist indeed had a bounty of information to share on this topic.
Let me share these helpful information from Colgate’s presentation during this “Colgate Healthy Smiles for Healthy Lives” event.
- Brushing tips
Perfect toothbrush angle: 45 degrees for optimal reach.
Toothbrushing duration: Should take at least 2 mins. or 120 secs. Using a stopwatch is advisable.
Correct toothbrushing stroke: Tilt the toothbrush at 45 degree angle against the gum-line ad sweep and roll the brush away from the gum-line by using short strokes. Gently brush the outside, inside chewing surface of each tooth using back-and-forth strokes. Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.
- Should acidity of food and drink just taken be considered in brushing?
Answer: Yes. The acidic nature of food/drink causes the outermost portion of the tooth to be porous or can be easily penetrated. Immediate brushing can cause enamel abrasions exposing the dentin leading to tooth sensitivity.
- Is mouthwash important?
Answer: Yes. Mouthwash takes care of the areas inside the mouth that toothbrush can’t reach. A mouthwash with Flouride will help reduce cavities and periodontal disease.
- When to rinse with a non-alcohol based mouthwash after brushing?
Answer: Allow 30 mins. to pass before rinsing with mouthwash so that Flouride from the toothpaste won’t be washed away. However, it is truly recommendable to use non-alcohol mouthwash
Did you know? It is also recommended to rinse with a mouthwash right before brushing to soften plaque and loosen particles in between teeth.
- How to use dental floss?
Answer: Ideal length is 20 inches. Floss should be waxed. Use a fresh section of the floss for each tooth.
- What are tooth stains and what causes them?
Answer: Two kinds of tooth stains: Intrinsic and Extrinsic
Intrinsic – those that form in the interior of teeth. results from trauma, aging, exposure to minerals (ex. tetracycline) during tooth formation and/or excessive ingestion of Flouride
Extrinsic – those that appear at the surface of the teeth as a result of exposure to dark-colored beverages, foods and tobacco/cigarette, and routine wear and tear. Superficial extrinsic stains are minor and can be removed with brushing and oral prophylaxis. Stubborn extrinsic stains can be removed with more involved efforts like teeth bleaching. Persistent extrinsic stains can penetrate into the dentin and become ingrained if not dealt with earlier.
Colgate’s Oral Care Tips for Kids
Answer: Some mothers are concerned whether to remove the temporary teeth because it is decayed. The temporary or milk teeth acts as a guide to the erupting permanent teeth so the early extraction or removal of the milk teeth may cause misalignment of the permanent teeth.Milk teeth serves as a a guide. Well-maintained milk teeth can survive up to 6 yrs of age.
In case of there is an erupting permanent tooth already and the milk tooth is still there, milk tooth should be removed to avoid problems.
Answer: FACT. The moment you teach your child how to brush is his/her teeth is the moment you should bring him/her to the dental clinic. According to Colgate’s resident dentists, kids usually fear dentists because most of the time they are brought when pain is already there. So it is advisable for parents who have dentist appointments to bring along their kids to familiar them with the surroundings and to alleviate fear and apprehensions.
At what age should parents bring child to the dentist? Once the child has developed their tooth , parents should accompany them to the dentist already.
Answer: MYTH . Primary or “Baby” teeth can get cavities that spread to other teeth if left. Just by drinking milk, babies can develop cavities. It is recommended that after babies’ milk intake, they should drink water. Baby’s tongue should also be cleaned using clean cloth and water to avoid build-up of cavities.
Answer: FACT . Once you get a cavity filled, the decay spot is removed. And if you take care of your teeth, the decay from the spot was filled will almost stay clear.
After restoration or “pasta” the tooth becomes new again. However, if it is neglected, secondary carries may appear.
Children under age 2– Use a “smear” of fluoridated toothpaste, meaning just enough amount for our little one to have a taste of the toothpaste.
Children aged 2 to 5: Use a “pea-sized” amount.
There’s a common notion that toothpaste is more important than brushing. This is incorrect.What should be highlighted to the kids is the proper way of using the toothbrush to remove the bacteria from the teeth.
It is also important the children should be taught how to spit when brushing. This will be the indicator when to increase the amount of Flouride they can use. The Philippine Pediatric Society recommends for kids 6 y.o and above to use toothpaste that has 1000 parts per million (ppm) of Flouride. Colgate Kids toothpaste has 500 ppm, while Colgate’s Maximum Cavity Protection has the standard 1000+ ppm. So kids who can spit after brushing can upgrade in using Colgate’s Maximum Cavity Protection, but for those who still has the tendency to swallow must first stick to Colgate Kids toothpaste.
Answer: MYTH, but it’s almost a fact.
“The truth is, acid produced by bacteria in the mouth is the cause of cavities” says Kimberly A. Harms DDS, an American Dental Association Spokeswoman.
Any carb you eat can start that process. That includes sugar as well as rice, potatoes, bread and vegetables.
Knowing this, we were all happy to meet Colgate’s new product that has Sugar Acid Neutralizer. It has Pro-Argin technology that helps control acid and provides Flouride in reminelarization process to repair teeth.
According to www.Colgate.ph –
- Its patented Sugar Acid Netralizer™ helps deactivate sugar acids before they can harm teeth.
- With Fluoride & Calcium, it also strengthens and restores the enamel to help prevent cavity formation
From Q&A portion:
On Braces: Have good an proper oral hygiene while on braces. Toothbrushing should be supported with the use of Orthodental tootbrush and using mouthwash.
Colgate has an orthodontic toothbrush.
When can kids use mouthwash?
Kids can start to use mouthwash at the age of 6, since it is the time they are knowledgeable as to how much time they need to sustain that particular inside their mouth and can spit it out. Colgate has Fresh Tea, Jasmine Tea and Herbal Salt that kids can enjoy.
On Sensitive teeth / “Pangingilo” : Sensitivity should be properly diagnosed since it may already come from the carries. Sharp pain from sensitivity should be gone after what caused it is removed, but if after 1 hr. pain is still there, it may not be sensitivity already. It is recommended to check with the dentist.
For those who have sensitive teeth, they can use Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief.
On Flouride therapy : It is advisable to be done after oral prophylaxis. For Flouride theraphy, Colgate Duraphat provides excellent protection that can last 6 mos.
Toothbrush: Not rinsing after brushing can be done to retain Flouride in the teeth. We can just spit out or rinse with water after 30 mins. to allow absorption of Flouride.
For more information on Colgate products and Tips on proper Oral Care please visit- www.Colgate.ph
I’m a mom of a 12 year-old daughter and 10 year-old son who attended this even with me and we were all happy that we did go. We went home inspired to have Healthy Smiles for Healthy Lives!