A new website and blog has been launched in the United States, aimed at encouraging younger children to improve their oral health. The site, called Twooth Timer and the connected blog Twooth Talk, are the brainchild of Antoinette de Janasz, from Texas.
“Our focus is on children’s dental health,” said de Janasz, company founder and president, “and we found there were no blogs dealing solely with that issue. With oral health being integral to overall health, it’s frightening to realise that tooth decay in children is reaching epidemic proportions … and it’s preventable. Knowledge is the key.”
The website offers information and advice for parents as well as fun, educational downloads for children, all based on the need for improved oral health among kids throughout the western world. Recent reports have shown that each year 1 out of 5 adolescents in the US below the age of 18 go without dental care completely, while the number of cavities in very young children under the age of five have increased by 15% since 2007.
Oral health is widely accepted to be closely linked to general health, and the major concern is that children who are not being taken to see the dentist in their youth will develop major problems later in life.
“Unfortunately many children living below the poverty line have no access to preventive dental care but there are organisations, such as Christina’s Smile, that are working to change that and we want to support them,” said de Janasz. “To help us accomplish this goal, we need to get a lot of subscribers so we can attract advertisers.”
The downloads are available in English and Spanish and can be used in the home or the school or even handed out in dental offices to encourage better oral health after check ups.