3. Start taking your child to the dentist regularly no later than age 1.
"As a mother, I know what it's like to try to wrangle your kids into brushing their teeth. But through my involvement with the Kids' Healthy Mouths campaign, I have also been reminded how important it is," said campaign spokesperson, Laila Ali. "I am looking forward to spreading the message that brushing for 2 minutes twice a day is essential for good oral health and that it can actually be fun and easy with the videos and tools available online."
The mouth is the gateway to a person's overall health, and an unhealthy mouth can be associated with obesity, diabetes and even heart disease. Additionally, oral disease disproportionately affects minority children and those from low-income families; these children have almost twice the amount of untreated tooth decay than others in the general population.
"Our research shows that less than half (44 percent) of parents report that their child brushes his or her teeth twice a day," said Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council. "Laila's role as a mother of young children and her commitment to healthy living make her the perfect partner for our Kids' Healthy Mouths campaign."Created pro bono by ad agencies Grey Group and Wing in New York, the new Kids' Healthy Mouths public service campaign is the first in the Ad Council's 71 year history to address oral health. For more information about the Kids' Healthy Mouths campaign visit 2min2x.org. About Laila Ali Laila Ali is a world-class athlete, fitness & wellness expert, cooking enthusiast, founder of the Laila Ali Lifestyle Brand and mother of two toddler-aged children. In addition to her latest work as a cast member of NBC's highly touted reality program "Stars Earn Stripes" where she competed to raise money for a charity that supports veterans and their children, Laila is currently the host of "Everyday Health" airing nationwide on ABC, and former co-host of "American Gladiators." Laila also authored and published a motivational book for young women titled "Reach!" (Hyperion, 2003). She has appeared in various cooking segments on Rachael Ray, as well as Food Network's "Emeril," " Paula Dean" and "Chopped All-Stars" with tasty recipes geared towards a healthy, active lifestyle. In 2007 she captured the hearts of millions and made it to the final round of the fourth season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." She's also appeared as a guest-star on popular fitness show, "Biggest Loser" and tickled America's funny-bone with a hilarious role opposite Kevin Hart on the hit comedic series, "Real Husbands Of Hollywood." About the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives ( www.healthymouthshealthylives.org) is a coalition of the leading organizations in the field of oral health. The Partnership is committed to improve children's oral health so that they can develop into healthy, productive adults. The Coalition shares the view that no child should be in pain and suffer broader health issues or endure the social stigma and lack of opportunity resulting from untreated dental diseases and conditions. The Coalition's primary mission is to teach parents and caregivers, as well as the children themselves, to take control of their own health through oral disease prevention. Members of the Partnership include: Academy of General Dentistry, Alliance of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Periodontology, American Association for Dental Research, American Association of Endodontists, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Association of Orthodontists, American Association of Public Health Dentistry, American Association of Women Dentists, American College of Prosthodontists, American Dental Assistants Association, American Dental Association, American Dental Education Association, American Dental Hygienists Association, America's Dentists Care Foundation, Association of State & Territorial Dental Directors, California Dental Association, Children's Dental Health Project, Connecticut Coalition for Oral Health, Dental Trade Alliance Foundation, DentaQuest Foundation, Hispanic Dental Association, Maine Dental Access Coalition, Medicaid/SCHIP Dental Association, National Association of Dental Laboratories, National Children's Oral Health Foundation, National Dental Association, National Network for Oral Health Access, Oral Health America, Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention, Santa Fe Group and the Society of American Indian Dentists.