As a pediatric dentist, I often see parents who want to do everything they can to help their children maintain healthy teeth and gums. While good oral hygiene is important for all children, it can be especially challenging for young children to learn how to brush and floss effectively. Here are some tips that parents can use to help their children maintain good dental health:
- Start early: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first dental visit by the age of one. This allows the dentist to check for any problems and provide guidance on how to care for your child’s teeth.
- Set a good example: Children learn by example, so it’s important for parents to model good oral hygiene habits for their kids. This includes brushing and flossing regularly, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding sugary drinks and snacks.
- Make brushing and flossing fun: Brushing and flossing can be boring for children, so it’s important to make it fun. You can use flavored toothpaste, play music, or use a timer to make brushing and flossing more enjoyable.
- Choose healthy snacks: Snacks that are high in sugar can contribute to tooth decay, so it’s important to choose healthy snacks for your children. This includes fruits, vegetables, and cheese. Avoid sugary snacks like cookies, candy, and soda.
- Keep supplies handy: Make sure you have plenty of toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss on hand so that your children always have what they need to brush and floss. You can also keep a toothbrush and toothpaste in your car or bag in case of emergencies.
By following these tips, you can help your children maintain healthy teeth and gums and set the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. If you have any concerns about your child’s dental health, don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment.
As a pediatric dentist, one of the things I stress to parents is the importance of starting dental care for their children as early as possible. Children’s teeth are more susceptible to cavities and other problems than adult teeth, so it’s important to take steps to prevent these problems and establish healthy habits early on.
Here are some of the benefits of early dental care for children:
- Prevention of tooth decay: Tooth decay is one of the most common dental problems that children face. It occurs when bacteria in the mouth produce acid that eats away at the enamel on the teeth. Early dental care, including regular cleanings and fluoride treatments, can help prevent tooth decay and keep children’s teeth healthy.
- Establishing healthy habits: Children learn by example, so it’s important for parents to model good oral hygiene habits for their kids. By starting dental care early, parents can help their children develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime. This includes brushing and flossing regularly, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding sugary drinks and snacks.
- Promoting overall oral health: Dental health is an important part of overall health and well-being. By starting dental care early, children can develop a healthy mouth and set the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. This includes maintaining healthy teeth and gums, as well as preventing common dental problems like cavities and gum disease.
In summary, early dental care is important for children’s dental health and overall well-being. By starting dental care early, parents can help prevent tooth decay, establish healthy habits, and promote overall oral health for their children. If you have a child who is due for a dental check-up, don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment. Your child’s smile will thank you!
“What are some healthy snacks my kids can eat?” We get this question all the time at Z Pediatric Dentistry. Parents can feel overwhelmed.
Summer is just around the corner and that means kids are home! Here are some tips to keep their mouths and your homes healthy no matter how hot it gets outside! Don’t worry parents, no need to get extra fancy here, just remember a few key items.
Keep snack time short
Snack time, also known as a child’s favorite time of day, is an important part of their routine. Keep snack time pretty short, about 15-20 min. Don’t leave a plate of snacks out for kids to munch on all afternoon because the longer food sits on teeth, the more likely they are to get cavities.
Keep snacks healthy
Anything with low amounts of sugar is your best bet for teeth to be strong and healthy. Fruits, vegetables and protein like chicken or turkey are great options. One of my favorite and easy snacks to make is an apple with almond butter, which is lower in fat but just as creamy and tasty. You can try pita bread with hummus or even plain yogurt with fresh fruit (see list below for other suggestions and recipes).
Beware of hidden sugars!
That sugar can really sneak up on you in foods you didn’t realize have large amounts in it. The biggest jokesters are fruit juices. While healthy and good in theory, it is much better to let your child eat the fruit rather than drink a glass of its juice. Most juices have the same amount of sugar as a coca-cola, so skip flavored bevs and stick with water! (see below for other snacks you should avoid).
- Chicken kabobs with peanut sauce
- Orange cranberry muffins
- Almond and Kale smoothie: (I make this every day in the summer and love it!)
- 1 cup chopped kale (discard thick rib in middle of leaf)
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp almond butter (more if you like nutty flavor)
- 1 pitted date
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- ½ banana frozen (or room temp banana and add ice).
- agave nectar to taste for sweetness*blend and enjoy
- Gold fish crackers
- White bread
- Gummy fruit snacks
- Pre-made fruit yoghurt
- Granola bars
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