Using American made dental care products is a priority in our family. Today, I will share with you the ADA's recommended children's oral health tips and the made in the USA dental care products that we use to follow them.
February is National Children's Dental Health Month
The American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month every February to raise the importance of children's oral health. As a parent, I feel one of the most crucial lessons I can teach my kids is the importance of taking care of their teeth. Making oral care a part of our children's morning and bedtime routines is something the hubby and I make a point of doing no matter how rushed we are to get to the bus, or how tired we are at night.
Children's Oral Health Tips With American Made Product Suggestions
The ADA recommends that tooth brushing starts with the appearance of a baby's first tooth. Until the age of 2, use only a toothbrush with water. After the age of 2, use a pea size amount of toothpaste. For all ages, it is recommended that teeth be brushed two times a day for at least two minutes. It is important that the proper size toothbrush is used.
RADIUS Toothbrushes are made in the USA and come in sizes suitable for the whole family. All of the Radius brand brushes are BPA free and made from FDA approved plastics. The RADIUS Pure Baby Toothbrush, for ages 6-18 months, is completely dye free. The RADIUS Totz Toothbrush is for ages 18 months up. What I love about this brush is the handle design. It is easy for my daughter (age 4) to hold, and the design also makes it easy for me to control the toothbrush when I'm “helping” her. The RADIUS Kidz Toothbrush, for ages 6 and up, is completely different from any toothbrush, which is what my son loves about it! Radius makes innovative toothbrushes for adults too, all made in Pennsylvania.
Tom's of Maine is our made in America toothpaste of choice. Tom's of Maine products contain no artificial colors, flavors, fragrances or preservatives. My kiddos love the Silly Strawberry flavor because it is not “too spicy” for them. We use toothpaste with fluoride, but Toms of Maine also manufactures the same flavor in a Fluoride-Free version.
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The ADA recommends that flossing begin when a child has 2 teeth visible next to each other. Flossing should be done once a day.
Well, we all know how easy it is to floss our kiddos teeth. Yeah right! Struggling with my kiddos while trying to get near their mouths with dental floss was not a fun part of our oral care bedtime routine. Disposable plastic flossers made it easier for them to floss themselves, but the amount of waste caused each evening (as my daughter would use as many as she could get her hands on in one flossing) really bothered me. Not to mention I could not find ANY made in the USA. I was so excited when I discovered the Flossman from E-Z Floss. Flossman is a plastic floss holder that's not only made in the USA, but it's also REUSABLE. We LOVE Flossman! Now my kiddos can floss their own teeth with the easy to handle Flossman floss holder, and when they are done, I remove and discard the floss, wash it (him?) and it (he's?) ready to be re-flossed and used again the next night. No more waste! And Flossman makes flossing FUN!
This video from E-Z Floss introduces Flossman and teaches kiddos how to wind the floss on him in a fun way.
Make sure to visit the ADA website and printout some puzzles, games, coloring pages and fun activity sheets to celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month with your kiddos.
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It looks like you had a great post about using American made dental care products during National Children’s Dental Health Month. I really appreciate that you mentioned the American Dental Association (ADA) as they sponsor this month. I think it’s important to share with people that there are also organizations that can help with dental care and give them more information on which products they should be using.
I am looking for a U.S.A. made water flosser. Are there any?
I think Mr., Tom’s makes good toothpaste and I am so happy it is US made and natural!
I am looking for a water flosser ( waterpic) that is made in the USA…do you know of any?
I want Dental Floss made in the USA!
Our gums are closely attached to our veins and arteries.
I tried using cotton thread, but it breaks. Buttonhole twist cotton thread is too thick for between many of my teeth. I like the buttonhole twist because it can be boiled and reused.
Yay! We use Toms in our house and it is awesome to know that the toothpaste we are using is made in the USA!
Thank you for this post! I love using made in USA products but oral care is one area I never even thought about!
I have seen that Tom’s of Maine toothpaste in the store but didn’t know much about it. I think we are going to give it a try.
We are not good at getting Griff to floss but he does brush his teeth as he should. I didn’t really know that children that young should floss. Hmm! You do learn something new every day. Thank you for the information.
Tom’s makes great toothpaste and I am very happy it is American made and natural!
I bet my niece would love that Tom’s toothpaste!
I’ll have to try the strawberry kind with my son. He wasn’t a huge fan of the regular stuff.
Taking good care of our teeth is very important because teeth doen’t just grow anytime. It’s growth will stop and that is going to be a big problem. That is why it’s important for parents to really encourage their sons or daughters to brush their teeth even at a very early stage of their life.
Those are adorably cute.
My kids love the TOM silly strawberry toothpaste!
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Oh, now those are super cute!!! I never thought to find a USA-made tooth brush!
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We are big Radius and Tom's fans at our house. We need to be better about doing it twice a day with our daughter though. Maybe we need to incorporate it into the nap routine.