Putting your child on the right track toward good dental hygiene starts with a healthy, balanced diet. Proper nutrition will give your child strong teeth and can prevent cavities. Here are some food and oral health tips to help you encourage healthy eating to set your child up for a lifetime of healthy, beautiful teeth.
It's important to eat right and take care of your teeth. If you don't, you put yourself at higher risk of tooth decay. Sugar is one of the main culprits, so it's best your child enjoys their favorite treats in moderation. Follow good food and oral health guidelines by limiting sugar intake and encouraging healthy alternatives. For example, fruits are naturally sweet and not as harmful as manufactured treats.
It's not just sweet treats that can be harmful to your child's teeth. In fact, many drinks commonly given to children contain much more sugar than the suggested daily allowance. If you read the ingredients on the carton, even milk contains sugar that can hurt your child's teeth if given in large quantities. Promote good food and oral health habits by giving your child water instead of soda, juice, or milk at each meal. Never allow your child to go to bed with their bottle, as that can cause tooth decay as well.
When your child does indulge in their favorite sugary treat, make sure they brush their teeth afterwards to get any sticky residue off. Proper oral health habits include regular brushing to keep sugar from sitting on the teeth, which can eat away at the enamel. Don't forget to teach your child to floss and use dentist-approved mouthwash for a fresh, healthy smile.
By encouraging regular food and oral health habits, you're setting your child up for a healthy dental foundation. Don't forget your regular dental cleanings. Contact us to schedule an appointment for your child to get a routine dental checkup.