The New Year allows for a fresh start and a reboot of good habits for everyone, and New Year’s resolutions are a great way for you to stay in touch with you child, and for your child to stay in touch with his or her oral health! Here are a few great ways you can make 2017 your family’s healthiest year yet.
Be Cautious About What Goes In Little Mouths!
Sugar is the number one cavity-causing agent, and the average American child consumes over 82 grams of sugar every day! One of the best ways to avoid cavities and to improve oral health this year is to limit sugar intake, especially by cutting out sugary fruit juices and sodas and instead encouraging your child to drink more water throughout the day and at meal times. Fruits and vegetables are important to your child’s diet both for overall as well as specifically oral health. Fruits and vegetables provide essential nutrients and antioxidants everyone’s bodies need to fight off bacteria and to protect teeth and gums. Crisp or raw fruits and vegetables are also secret weapons to fighting plaque buildup on teeth. Try introducing more apples, carrots, or celery into snack time for a healthier smile day in and day out!
Make a Point to Brush and Floss More Regularly!
Plaque buildup is especially dangerous for children’s mouths, and tooth decay is the number one disease that children face! Set a great example for your little one by brushing three times per day for at least two minutes at a time, and flossing at least once per day. These habits will keep your child cavity free and will reduce plaque and tartar build up on their little teeth! Make oral health a routine with your child so that everyone in the family will have shining smiles year round!
Visit Dr. Haghpanah!
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child visit Dr. Haghpanah at least twice per year for regular dental check ups. Regular check ups help keep your child cavity free, and allow Dr. Haghpanah to examine the mouth for any potential issues. It’s also important that you don’t delay on dental treatments if you think there’s a pressing matter in your child’s mouth. Small cavities just grow larger with time, and Dr. Haghpanah can often treat minor oral problems before they become large scale.