​How early to start brushing?

How early can your child be able to start brushing his/her teeth?

18 months is safe, according to Colgate-Palmolive (PNG).

Colgate has a program called 'Mum You First' that educates mothers and caregivers of 18-month-old babies in medical health centres on how to introduce good oral health practices to their children early.

Most 18 month old babies can be involved because it is their last immunisation and is also safe to introduce supervised teeth brushing at this age.

The idea behind the "Mum You First" campaign is to encourage mothers to set the example for their children to brush their teeth two times a day and use the next oral care products.

The campaign is being launched today at the Gerehu General Hospital, Port Moresby.

As per the campaign, a total of 2,500 starter kits consisting of a kid's toothbrush, adult toothbrush, Colgate toothpaste sachet, "Bright Smiles, Bright Futures" and Protex "Clean Hands, Good Health" flyer will be handed over by Colgate-Palmolive (PNG) Ltd to the NCD Health Services.

Also present to speak to mothers will be the Prime Minister's wife, Lynda Babao-O'Neill.

An additional 2000 kits will also be provided to Local Health Services in Lae and Goroka.

Mum You First will complement the "Well Baby" campaign and wellness concept of the Department of Health and Health Services.

This campaign also adds value to Colgate's Bright Smile, Bright Futures program in schools around PNG.

Gloria Bauai