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Making sure your child's teeth through the holidays and into the new year
The holiday season is a very busy time for families. The children are getting out of school and your demand from the family goes up. Its easy to forget some of the healthy habits your children should be doing on the daily basis. For instance good oral hygiene routines may get put on hold.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) wants to remind parents and caregivers that the holiday break is a great time to help your kids establish and maintain healthy dental habits. This includes good brushing, flossing and eating habits that are essential for healthy teeth.
Did you know that tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease in the U.S. Despite the high rates or oral disease in children's according to the ADA. Surveys show that parents perceive their children's dental health as a low priority compared to other issues such as school safety and nutrition.
How to help prevent tooth decay.
- Every child should've visited their dentist by the age on one. Regular cleans should occur every six months.
- Children should brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day. Once in the morning after breakfast and before bed. Most people don't know you should supervise children brushing and flossing their teeth until the age 7 or 8 years old.
- Soft, round tip tooth brushes are the best for school aged children with a handle proportionate to the child's hand.
- Make sure you child has fluoride toothpaste when they are able to spit the toothpaste back out.
A healthy diet is key.
- Around the holidays sugary candy, food and drinks increases the risks of cavities and poor dental health. Parents should monitor your children sugar intake and limit carbonated drinks which erode teeth faster that sweetened drinks.
- No more than three snacks a day.
- Keep away from starches like breads, crackers, pasta, potato chips and many more. These types of foods tend to take longer to clear the mouth than sugars.
- Everyone say cheese......Aged cheese, swiss, mozzarella and Monterey jack are great for snacks because they clear the mouth and neutralize the acids that attack teeth.
Tis the season to give
As a team for the past month we have been dedicated to giving to people local and around the world. We are very blessed to have patients and local businesses team up with us. In the month of October we kicked off our Candy Buy Back Program. We had the pleasure of sending over 1200 pounds of candy to our troops over seas so they could have a little piece of home with them.
In the month of November we will be packing up over 65 boxes for Operation Christmas Child a yearly organization we participate in. We will be packaging up boxes filled with little gifts to send to children in 3rd world countries who look forward to these little boxes of love. If you would like to participate please feel free to drop by our office and drop off any items you would like to send. We will be collecting the week of November 16, 2015- November 20, 2015. Thank you in advance