With the holiday season now in full swing, we’ve come to the time of year when most of us are feeling nostalgic. Remembering holidays of long ago, the gifts we received, family time we enjoyed. While you’re planning for this year’s festivities, it’s a good time to think about the importance of dental health for your children’s future.
Just as you likely want to start building new holiday traditions with your family, so too should you be investing time to nurture your children on dental health and creating habits early that they carry into adulthood.
Here are 3 dental habits that should start at a young age.
We’ve heard it many times before: Teaching kids to brush regularly is vital for oral health. It’s not just about getting them to do it routinely, it’s also about showing them how to brush properly. Getting more than just the front of the teeth cleaned and explaining why it’s a critical step in their day. Care should begin even before the first tooth is erupted by wiping away sugary residue from milk left on their gum. Also, be sure to incorporate flossing into their daily habits as well as more teeth grow.
In addition to keeping the mouth clean and free of acids that cause decay, it’s important to instill healthy eating habits in children. Numerous studies have shown that a diet high in sugary foods and carbohydrates, as well as regular snacking, leads to more cavity and decay – especially if that eating isn’t followed by a cleaning. Teach kids to enjoy wholesome and nutritious fruits and vegetables and make a plan for 3 meals a day that the whole family can stick to.
Of course, no dental future will be optimal without regular care from a dentist. Dental visits are a time for children to become familiar with the doctor, understand the reasons keeping their teeth clean is essential and a time for x-rays to uncover any other potential issues.
At CT Pediatric Dentistry, we’re committed to helping families achieve optimal dental health. With 3 convenient office locations in CT, we’re here to give your children everything they need for a healthy oral future.