Finding our lost smiles and promoting oral health

I love nothing more than seeing my children smile, the innocence of childhood and the giggling at nearly everything is what really warms my heart.  They find the simplest things hysterical such as the worst jokes, slap stick humour and tickles.
The little things we take for granted mean the most to children and those are the things which make them happy and smile – an after school snack, an unexpected trip to the park on the way home, an extra bedtime story, climbing trees in the forest and letting them help to make their own dinner, and do you know what makes me smile the most?  Seeing my children happy.
Wrigley’s Extra® surveyed children from 1,000 parents and found that the great outdoors, old fashioned games and just spending time with Mum and Dad were cited amongst the most fun activities, as were spending time with grandparents and playing with the family pet – all being things which made the children smile.
This is actually nice to read as there can often be a stigma around youngster’s watching too much TV or playing video games, I won’t lie – mine do love to watch TV but it isn’t something which brings them joy or makes them smile.

These ‘smile’ findings mark the launch of its own storybook part of Wrigley’s Extra Smile Back™ Project.  The campaign aims to protect children’s smiles by donating money from every pack of sugarfree gum sold to Action for Children, to create and run oral health workshops, in partnership with Oral Health Foundation.  Wrigley’s Extra aims to protect the smiles of over 10,000 children across the UK

Harry is too young to read this book however his sister has a huge love of books and reading so has been reading this story to him.  It follows a little boy who is searching for his families lost smiles so in a bid to find them he packs all his essential smile hunting tools into his bag and begins to search for them.  After being unable to find them he puts up lost posters of his family smiling and puts them in all the places they usually smile – of course I don’t want to give too much away so you will have to read for yourself to see if they are found again.

Now of course happy and healthy go hand in hand when it comes to smiles and oral hygiene for children is so important – young children aren’t of an age where they know how important this is to brush properly and to care for their teeth so we as parents have to help them and show them.
Setting good examples is key to helping to teeth them to do this themselves, as a family we all brush our teeth together in the mornings and I brush mine with the children at night too, and then again before I go to bed.  I let them both do their own and then have a go over them myself as at 3 & 6 they don’t do the best of jobs.
To help encourage brushing the children each have a timer they use and they also have a sticker chart – if they fill their monthly chart we all have a special family treat day of their choice.

Check out Wrigley’s video that shows how The Lost Smile book was created by children and the inspiration the workshop gave to the children’s author and illustrator:

How do you help to encourage tooth brushing in young children?
The Extra Smile Back Project is running in conjunction with National Smile Month – 16th May – 16th June, this is the UK’s largest and longest-running oral health campaign and is organised by the Oral Health Foundation, a leading independent charity working to improve oral health around the world.  

All profits from the sale of The Lost Smile will be split between the charities Action for Children and the Oral Health Foundation. For more details of the project and to purchase a copy of The Lost Smile visit www.smileback.wrigley.co.uk.
Join me for a Twitter party with Tots100 and Wrigley’s Extra on the 25th May and tell us all about what you do to make your child smile! Join the party using the hashtag #SmileBack between 1-2PM and you could win one of five £25 John Lewis vouchers.

This is a sponsored post for Wrigley’s Extra® written on behalf of their Extra Smile Back™ Project which launches today.

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