This post was sponsored by the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central.
I love Halloween! Our whole family does. We always have a good time but in the back of my mind I think about all that candy. I am not sure there are many moms that don’t at least think about it. When thinking about Halloween candy it is a good time to make sure your family is doing what you are supposed to do when it comes to dental health.
It is important to make sure that you are going to the dentist every six months, that you are brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing everyday as well. Taking care of your teeth can go a long way in preventing gum disease as well as other issues that can come up like tooth loss.
As far as your toothbrush goes, find a soft brush and replace it every three months or as need be. Make sure no one in your home is sharing a toothbrush. I try to get different brushes for each of my boys, usually in their favorite color so that we always know whose brush belongs to who. You should also be storing the brushes in an upright position and rinsing them off after each use. Unless you are traveling, it is not a good idea to store the brush in a closed container. Also, try to find a toothpaste with fluoride that your kids will like the taste of. It is harder to get them to brush their teeth if they can’t stand the taste.
With Halloween coming up I know my boys are going to be eating more sugar. That is why I have to make sure we are following that with brushing our teeth each and everyday. I don’t want them to go to sleep with all that sugar on their teeth.
The Metlife Tricare Dental program offers excellent preventive and diagnostic dental care when you visit a network provider. This is what we have used since my husband joined the Military in 2005. Even as a National Guard family we can still use it. For everyone in your plan you will get two cleanings and two exams per year, within a consecutive 12-month period, at no cost, when a network dentist is seen.
To enroll you need to visit www.tricare.mil/bwe. You can also call 1-855-638-8371 Sunday 6:00 p.m. – Friday 10:00 p.m. (EST) except holidays.