GOT MILK? Sponsors a Photo Contest to Celebrate National Dairy & Smile Month
"Today, there are nearly 140,000 elementary school children across the state in pain requiring treatment for dental care," says. Dr.
Studies show that toothbrushes and toothpastes alone aren't enough to obtain that picture-perfect smile. A report by a research scientist at the
"A picture-perfect smile begins with milk," says
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
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (limit 8 MB) Mail: Say Cheese with GOT MILK? Photo Contest c/o RL Public Relations 11835 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 1155E Los Angeles, CA 90064 In person: Let GOT MILK? take your child's toothpaste smile by visiting the following locations throughout California. San Francisco June 13, 2009 Stonestown Galleria, Ground Level on Center Court 12 - 3 p.m. San Diego June 20, 2009 Chula Vista Town Center, Ground Level by Macy's 12 - 3 p.m. Los Angeles July 11, 2009 Northridge Fashion Center, Ground Level by JC Penney 12 - 3 p.m.
For more information on the partnership with the Dental Health Foundation and to learn more about the contest visit www.gotmilk.com.
About the Dental Health Foundation
For the past twenty years the Dental Health Foundation (DHF) has been one of the few organizations in the country dedicated to the vision of "oral health for all." The mission of the organization is to build and work through community partnerships to promote oral health by providing leadership in advocacy, education and public policy development; promoting community-based prevention strategies; improving access to and the quality of oral health services; and encouraging the integration of oral health and total health. For more information, visit
About the CMPB
The California Milk Processor Board was established in 1993 to make milk more competitive and increase milk consumption in
(1) Milk and Oral Health White Paper. Dr.
SOURCE The California Milk Processor Board