Ensuring Your Family’s Dental Health
Greetings Jacksonville, TX! Welcome back to the ongoing dental blog of All Smiles Jacksonville. We hope back to school preparations and the first few weeks of classes haven’t been too hectic for you. Back to school time can seem overwhelming; there’s books that need to be bought, clothes that need to be picked out, and a whole host of other issues.
But sometimes your children’s oral health can get left behind during the new school year. It’s harder to monitor their food intake when they’re eating at school, and it may also seem more difficult to make sure they’re brushing and flossing. But it’s really important to make sure your child is developing good dental habits.
Many of our behaviors as adults are formed during childhood. Our likes and disinterests. Even our dreams. Much as it’s easier to teach a child a new language during their adolescence, it’s also far easier to help them develop good dental habits during these time period. In today’s blog post, we want to give you some tips and tricks that can benefit your child’s oral health for a lifetime of smile.
One of the easiest ways to form good dental hygiene in children is to make it into a routine. Generally, that means brushing and flossing at the same time everyday and evening. Your children should be brushing for at least two minutes at a time, once in the morning, and once after dinner. Ideally, you could even have your child brush after every meal.
There are several ways you can make brushing into a routine. Try brushing and flossing with your children. You may also want to consider using a sticker chart system. Basically, you give your child a sticker to place on a chart after every time they brush and floss without complaint. Once they have reached the designated number of stars, reward them with something.
A healthy diet is also an important step to take to keep your children’s teeth looking great. Food that are high in fiber, such as fruits and vegetables can keep a child’s teeth happy and healthy. Foods which are high in fiber naturally increase the mouth’s production of saliva; this saliva helps wash away decay causing bacteria.
Even small steps can be taken to increase your child’s fiber intake. One great way is to use whole grain pasta when you cook spaghetti. But despite the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, we want to share a word of caution on fruit juices. Many juices are extremely high in sugar, which helps attract decay causing bacteria to a child’s mouth.
Juice can be a great option during meals; many varieties are healthier than soda. However, throughout the day, encourage your child to drink water. Water helps wash away bacteria, and many public supplies of water even contain fluoride which will strengthen their teeth.
Another extremely important thing to do is to get your child into our office at least every six months for a routine cleaning and dental exam. We will share information about oral hygiene with your children, and check their teeth for signs of decay. When we catch a problem early, we can treat it quickly and prevent lenght or costly procedures down the line.
So help ensure your child’s dental health. Call All Smiles Jacksonville in Jacksonville, TX at 903-625-9297 to make an appointment. You’ll be glad you did.