No one likes a cavity – they can be incredibly painful. For children, who don’t fully understand where their pain is coming from, a cavity can be a huge problem. Establishing healthy habits in children can be difficult, many are only interested in sugary drinks and treats, but preventing cavities in your child should be of utmost importance. Not just for their health at a young age, but for their continued dental health and overall well being.
Careful About Liquids
It can be tempting to let children have excess amounts of juice and milk throughout the day. While your child needs to stay hydrated, it’s essential to ensure that they’re not having too much acid and sugar. Between mealtimes stick with water. Having them drink water frequently starts good habit building. Remember that even unsweetened fruit juices have a lot more sugar and acid than you might expect. Both can cause dental problems such as cavities and enamel reduction.
Start Healthy Eating Habits
While not all children are willing to follow a traditional meal schedule, in general, its best to stick to a straightforward routine of three meals and two snacks. Creating this pattern helps to ensure that there is a distinct pattern and you will be better able to monitor what your child is really eating. Sticking with healthy options like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will help keep the teeth and body healthy. More sugary snacks can be given on an occasional basis, but it may be best to give these just before brushing the teeth.
Build Hygiene Habits
Helping your child to build strong dental hygiene habits is critical to their long term health and dental wellness. It’s likely that they will need to be supervised for much of their early ages – but it can become part of a fun daily routine. By ensuring that they’re brushing properly and practicing good hygiene you’ll be setting your children up to a healthier, happier life.
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