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Leading oral care brand unveils new kid-friendly dental flossers and online kids club to promote healthy dental hygiene habits among children
SAN DIEGO, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –Plackers, a leading brand of consumer oral care products and makers of the first disposable dental flosser, is launching Plackers Kids, its new kid-friendly dental flossers; the Plackers Kids Club, an online club for kids featuring free interactive games and activities that encourage healthy dental hygiene habits; and the Plackers Kids Club Sweepstakes, offering families the chance to win a trip for four to the popular theme park destination, Orlando, Fla. among other prizes.
The new Plackers Kids flossers are designed to engage children through a variety of fun, colorful animal shapes including a monkey, crab, dolphin and elephant. The flossers are designed to be easy to grip for small hands, include a fluoride coating and have a mixed berry flavor that appeals to kids. In addition, the flossers feature Plackers’ Super Tuffloss fiber that is engineered not to stretch, shred or break during use.
To further promote the development of healthy dental hygiene routines at an early age, the new Plackers Kids Club features free online games, printable coloring sheets and other fun activities. Kids can fight off cavity monsters in an interactive Plaque Attack game, find matching pairs and hidden words in memory and word search games, or create their favorite characters on printable coloring pages, connect-the-dots games and other worksheets.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, tooth decay is the leading chronic childhood disease in the U.S. and children lose more than 51 million school hours each year due to dental-related illness. In fact, according to studies by the Center for Disease Control, more than 40 percent of children ages 2-11 already experience tooth decay in their primary teeth.
“One of the best ways to help prevent chronic childhood diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease is flossing at an early age,” said dental professional and Associate Director, External Relations for Oral Health America (OHA) Anthony Stefanou, DMD. “Products like Plackers Kids flossers and activities such as the Plackers Kids Club help to engage kids in a daily dental hygiene routine, which is essential to combating the rising numbers of dental-related health issues.”
“We’re committed to helping children develop long-lasting oral health routines in a way that’s fun and engaging,” said Plackers’ Director of Marketing Tom Barman. “Plackers Kids flossers and the Kids Club were designed to make learning oral hygiene habits easy and fun for kids, while giving parents some helpful tools to encourage compliance with their kids’ daily dental hygiene routines, thereby helping to avoid long-term dental-related health issues.”
To encourage families to check out the new flossers and Kids Club, Plackers is also kicking off the Plackers Kids Club Sweepstakes, offering consumers a chance to win the grand prize trip for four to the popular theme-park destination, Orlando, Fla. In addition, three first prize winners will receive $1,000 in dental/orthodontic care, and 500 randomly selected winners will receive a one-year supply of Plackers dental flossers. Families can visit Plackers’ website from April 1 through May 31, 2011 to review the official sweepstakes rules and enter.
Plackers, a leading brand of consumer oral care products, is a pioneer in dental flossers and other consumer oral care products. Having patented the first disposable dental flosser, Plackers is committed to developing high quality, affordable oral care products with innovative features that include a comprehensive line of dental flossers, dental accessories, and dental night guards including the Grind No More Dental Night Protector. Plackers holds over 20 patents and is sold in major retailers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.plackers.com.
Could the health of your teeth and gums affect your heart? It seems like it couldn’t be possible, but more and more doctors are convinced that there is a relationship between poor dental hygiene and heart disease. It is suggested that inflamed, bleeding gums allow bacteria in the mouth to enter the bloodstream and cause problems in the heart. Once in the blood, the bacteria attach themselves to fatty plaques that are responsible for Coronary Heart Disease (CHD). These plaques are the ones that will clot together, hasten atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and cause heart attacks or strokes. So proper flossing and brushing of your teeth may have an added purpose – that of protecting your heart.
Healthy gums are firm, light pink, and very elastic. If you have reddened or inflamed gum tissue, or bleeding gums after brushing or after you eat hard foods, or your gums are sensitive to the touch, or bad breath especially when you first get up in the morning – seek professional-dental help. Gum disease if left to go to long will develop toxins which spread the infection and begin to dissolve the gum and bone tissue causing the teeth to loosen and eventually to fall out.
It is believed that anaerobic bacteria are the culprits in destroying gums and the underlying bone. If the infection is not stopped before the bacteria travel into the blood system, then the heart may become infected. These bacteria have been found clumped together in the fatty plaque found in heart arteries.
This can be explained by the third stage of atherosclerosis which is an inflammatory response of the immune system. The body’s own defensive system reacts against the invading bacteria. The arteries constrict complicating blood flow and increasing the risk of blood clots which may lead to a heart attack. So it seems possible that invading bacteria could encourage CHD.
Other heart illnesses such as infective endocarditis (a serious infection of the lining of the heart) can occur. The symptoms of this disease are: always tired, constant or near constant headaches, a mild fever that can last for months, night sweats and cold chills, and possibly dark lines may develop under the fingernails.
Gum disease if left unchecked can also cause problems in other parts of the body. So it is important to have dental exams every six months.
• Brush your teeth twice a day. Bad brushing technique can actually make gum disease worse. It’s best to make a circular motion with your toothbrush, which helps the bristles clear out any debris in the gaps between the teeth and gums.
• Floss at least once a day. Ask your dentist to show you how to floss properly if you have any doubts on how to do it.
• If your dentist recommends it – use antiseptic mouthwash and toothpaste.
• Get regular checkups and cleanings every six months. Some people may need to make them more frequently – ask your dentist.
• Eat healthy foods – a good balanced diet with adequate vitamins and nutrients will build up your immune system. In this way your body can fight off infection and heal better.
• Stop smoking – the American Academy of Periodontology points out that smoking may be one of the most significant risk factors for gum disease.
In summary, the jury is still out on the topic of gum disease and its relationship to heart disease. But the feeling in the medical community is that it is very possible that the bacteria causing gum disease do in fact infect the heart system, since the same bacteria have been found clumped together in the fatty plaque found in the heart arteries. In any case, the proper care of your teeth and gums (and your smile) are simple things to do. And if what the dentists and medical researchers think does prove to be true, your heart will be that much better off for your efforts.
Tim Lazaro is a competitive, masters runner who writes on issues related to health, natural-food diets, and aerobic exercise. He employs the life-style changes and diets that he writes about. He has lowered his total cholesterol and lost weight using these cholesterol-lowering methods.
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