How Karla Martinez Keeps Her Family's Smiles Healthy

Karla Martinez, Colgate and Oral Health Month spokesperson
How many Hispanic Millennial moms brush their teeth with their children? Survey says 78%, and Despierta America host and Oral Health Month spokeswoman Karla Martinez is one of them!

Still, it’s not always easy to convince your child to brush two times a day for two minutes. Of the moms surveyed, 48% said it can be a challenge to get their children to brush their teeth.

Now, Karla is sharing her secrets, mom-to-mom. Find out how she helps encourage healthy smiles at home.

What tips and tricks help keep your kids brushing?

Since my daughters were little, I taught them how to brush their teeth and the importance of doing so. The best we can do as parents is to teach by example. We used to brush our teeth together, sing songs and sometimes I’d set a clock to time themselves brushing for two minutes. They know that they should brush their teeth when they wake up and before going to sleep, at least twice a day.

Tell us about your family’s daily dental health routine and how you encourage your family to keep their smiles healthy.

We already adhere to what this year’s Colgate Oral Health Month campaign is about: Share More Time, Share More Smiles. We spend time together and, in addition to brushing, I have always taught my daughters the importance of flossing and using mouthwash with fluoride, as these routines will help them have healthy smiles for life. (A note from the ADA: Children six years or younger should not use fluoride mouthwash unless it’s been recommended by a dentist. They are more likely to swallow it than spit it out because their swallowing reflexes aren’t fully developed.)

Do you make going to the dentist a special event for your children? If so, how?

The secret is to start taking your kids when they are little, then they won’t be scared to visit the dentist. Luckily, my daughters have a wonderful dentist who plays a lot with them and tries to make each visit a fun experience. From the moment you enter the super colorful office, it feels like a game, so they like it. In fact, they really enjoy going for their regular cleanings!

Has the Tooth Fairy visited your house yet? Tell us about her exciting visit!

The Tooth Fairy has already visited my house several times, and my daughters have healthy teeth, so it has left good surprises for them. I remind my children that it’s very important to have healthy teeth, otherwise the Tooth Fairy will say, “Oh no! I am not taking this tooth. It won’t help me!”

What makes your family smile most?

As a family we smile when we are together and we always try to have family bonding time. A moment to smile is when we are all in bed, cuddled in pajamas, watching TV—that's complete happiness.

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