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I am looking forward to sharing this sponsored post by Trident Gum as a part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network because there are so many great tips to keep cavities out of a child’s teeth!  All opinions are 100% mine, of course.  

(Here is a picture of our sweet three year old!) 

5 best tips to keep cavities away from your child's teeth

A lot of my friend’s kids have cavities.  I will say that we are LUCKY that ours don’t because I have come to find that you can brush and brush your child’s teeth and some still get cavities.  Three of my closest friend’s daughters have cavities and if I could pick three of the best Moms, it would be these ladies.   I don’t doubt for even a second that those little teeth are begin taken care of.  Still, cavities happen.  

He said people had healthier teeth years ago, when we used to eat three meals a day, meaning that our saliva had a chance to come back and clean our teeth.  When we are constantly snacking, the saliva never builds back up and then it doesn’t have a chance to clean our teeth, which in turn leaves our teeth with more cavities.

In order to stop doing this (I am the queen of snacking instead of having real meals!), I have started chewing sugar-free gum, like Trident (its my favorite), because it helps keep our teeth clean after eating and between brushing. In fact, chewing Trident sugar-free gum after eating stimulates saliva flow, which helps reduce the risk of cavities by reducing plaque acids, removing debris and strengthening teeth.

Plus, I support Trident because they help children (I was a teacher and I am a play therapist, so kids are my business… literally!)  they are celebrating their 10-year partnership with Oral Health America’s Smiles Across America program (SAA), which provides oral disease prevention services for at-risk children who are underserved due to issues of poverty.  In 2004, Trident help to fund this & has now donated more than $2.5 million to support the program, which has impacted more than 2,000,000 children. 


February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and Trident wants to share oral health tips* to keep the pearly whites of those young (and young at heart) healthy and happy all year long: 

Brush 2Min (2X) – It’s best for kids to brush their teeth for 2 minutes, 2 times a day for healthier teeth, good breath and fewer cavities.

  • Children 2 or older should always use fluoride toothpaste.
  • Visit a Dentist – Kids and parents should visit a dentist regularly, starting NO LATER THAN AGE ONE. 
  • Floss – Kids should clean between their teeth once a day with floss to remove plaque and food where a brush can’t reach.
    • Children as young as 2 can floss if their teeth are touching.
  • Fluoride – Fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter and can occur naturally in some water and food sources. Did you know that to help protect teeth from cavities fluoride is added to dental products like toothpaste?
  •  Chew Sugar-Free Gum

*The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives is a coalition of 36 leading organizations in the field of oral health.

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This was a sponsored post by Trident gum, as a part of the Mom it Forward Blogger Network


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Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. brushing for 2 minutes! I definitely need to be better about this for myself and my kids!

  2. Thanks for the tips Becky, this is definitely much appreciated!! I don’t let Noah chew gum but I definitely will be starting with the trident as he does all of the above but still suffers from cavities from his reflux.

    1. We worried about reflux w/ beau, too, and how it would damage his teeth. Thankfully it hasn’t, but I don’t know how because I was certain that it would! Luckily, they should outgrow it by the time their grown-up teeth come in (hopefully, anyways!)