As we all get excited about the fun of Halloween, Dr. Rebecca Fornero of Fornero Orthodontics wants to offer a sugar–free ‘treat’ to her patients. During the month of October, Dr Fornero is giving each patient at her office a pack of five Zombie Mouth trading cards with a code for a free download of the popular video game Plants vs. Zombies, on the back.
Plants vs. Zombies is a family-friendly, entertaining and interactive video game available for download to any PC or Mac computer. This popular game has been played by more than 120 million people all over the world, and PvZ has won 30+ Game of the Year awards. Now the American Dental Association, PopCap Games and Fornero Orthodontics are making this fun game available to you because they want to educate children and adults about the importance of good oral health.
Recent studies have found that only 44% of children in the United States brush their teeth twice a day. The increased amounts of sweets that are eaten during the holidays make this statistic even scarier. More than 50% of children born in the U.S. will have a cavity before the second grade. Those cavities can lead to toothaches, and toothaches can sure make the holidays less fun! For the first time in decades, tooth decay is on the rise in children and the sad part is that this is almost completely preventable.
The Dr. Fornero and the ADA want to remind kids and adults that while the sugary candy and junk food that fills Halloween bags this time of year might seem great, all that sweet stuff can lead to “Zombie Mouth” and really gross your dentist out!
Dressing up like ghosts and ghouls is exciting, but Zombie Mouth is definitely not! What is Zombie Mouth? We’re talking about rotten teeth and diseased gums, stinky breath and nasty, grimy buildup!
You can fight back against the Putrid Posse that teams up to give you Zombie Mouth by practicing good oral hygiene habits like…
1. Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, 2 times each day with a fluoride toothpaste
2. Floss between all your teeth every day
3. Chow down on healthy fruits and veggies instead of junk food
4. Sport a mouth guard to protect your teeth during athletic activities
5. Just say ‘NO!’ to tobacco products
6. Keep your lips and other parts of your mouth piercing-free
7. Don’t be a stranger to your dentist! Regular check-ups can keep you safe from the attack of the Putrid Posse.
Zombies don’t care if their teeth all fall out or if their breath smells disgusting, but you should care about your mouth! Great oral health helps to maintain great overall health, so ‘treat’ those teeth to some T.L.C. everyday.
Dr. Fornero wants all her patients to have a blast this Halloween! Just remember to brush and floss extra carefully after enjoying all that sugar. And feel free to follow the link below to get printable coupons good for free downloads of the PopCap Plants vs. Zombies game. Happy Halloween!