The following is a guest post on dental health, in particular children’s dental health, written by a dentist who stresses the importance of dental exams and how to keep your children smiling-during school!
5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR CHILDREN SMILING BRIGHT THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR
A number of parents and kids across the country are gearing up for another school year. While countless parents prepare for that by purchasing new clothes and an endless assortment of school supplies for their kids, few provide their children the tools to help them maintain good dental health while in school. A recent article by Yahoo Health listing 5 surprising statistics about children’s dental health indicated that tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease and nearly one in five children suffer with untreated cavities. While these statistics are alarming, the new school year is an excellent time to help children develop good oral hygiene habits. Here are 5 tips to help you keep your children smiling brightly for years to come.
1. Schedule a trip to the dentist.
Regular dental exams are one of the best ways of maintaining good oral health. Thanks to breakthroughs in modern dentistry. Dentists can detect and treat most dental problems much earlier than in the past. This allows dentists to help children maintain good dental health while making dental appointments much more pleasant for children and adults. Scheduling a dental exam before school starts can help parents avoid the hassle of trying to schedule children’s dental appointments around school hours or after-school activities.
2. Make a dental care kit for school.
Dentists agree that brushing after every meal is one of the best ways to help maintain a healthy smile. One way to help kids brush, floss and rinse after lunch while in school is by making them a dental care kit. By allowing a child to choose the items in the kit, parents can provide their children a sense of responsibility for their own dental health. When putting together a dental care kit be sure to include:
• A small, plastic lined bag with an easy-zip seal to store the dental kit
• A toothbrush
• Dental floss or gum picks
• Kid’s mouth rinse
3. Give your kids healthy snacks.
Replace cavity causing sugary snacks with healthy snacks that prompt good dental health. Not only will these healthy snacks benefit your kid’s smile but their overall health as well. A few healthy snack suggestions include:
• Fresh fruit – Cuties, mini bananas, apples with peanut butter, etc.
• Fresh vegetables – Edamame, celery sticks with peanut butter and veggies with guacamole
• Low salt nuts – Pistachios, cashews or almonds.
• Low-fat dairy products – Low-fat yogurt, light cottage cheese and part skim string cheese
4. Replace sodas and sports drinks with water.
Sodas, sports drink, vitamin waters and energy drinks are often loaded with sugar. Providing kids with healthier options can significantly impact your child’s dental health as well as their overall health. While doctors agree that water is still the best way to keep your kid’s healthy and hydrated, new studies show that skim milk, in limited quantities, can be more effective than sports drinks at providing kids essential nutrients after strenuous physical activity.
5. Get custom-made mouth guards.
Nearly 50% of children will have some type of injury to a tooth during childhood with as many as 39% of these injuries occurring while a child is playing sports. The American Dental Association recommend children wear mouth guards during sports or other recreational activities. Custom-made mouth guards are the best way to protect children from oral injury. Not only are they more comfortable than standard mouth guards, they also fit better and provide more protection.
This article is provided by Landon Blatter and the Denver dentists staff. The team at Rocky Mountain Dental Partners that helping a child develop good oral hygiene habits from an early age can provide numerous benefits to their health and wellbeing well into their adult lives. Rocky Mountain Dental Partners are available to answer your questions about children’s dental health and have convenient locations in Aurora, Centennial and Cherry Creek. For more information on Rocky Mountain Dental Partners, please visit http://www.dentistsindenver.com.