The things that we do to see to it that our children enjoy overall good health are often the exact things that we do that will protect and maintain their oral health. The foods that provide the vitamins and minerals that are needed for strong bones are also essential to healthy teeth.
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is an adage that can apply to dental health as well. Apples have been referred to by some as “nature’s toothbrush.” The consistency promotes the natural production of the saliva that washes away a lot of the bacteria that lives in our mouths. Fortunately for parents most kids like apples and may even choose them over less healthy snack foods. Cheese is good source of the calcium that is so good for our children’s teeth – and it goes so well with apples!
It’s important that children stay hydrated. Water content can be lost through the perspiration that comes with exercise and sports activities. Drinking plenty of plain water is the best way to re-hydrate. It is also the choice of beverage to help in the fight against childhood cavities. Children don’t really need an energy drink to be able to compete at their own level.
Habits that are formed at an early age are apt to stick with us throughout life. Teaching our kids to take care of their bodies will be well worth the effort. A regimen for good oral health should include brushing and flossing every day and seeing a pediatric dentist every six months for cleanings and checkups.
There are various ways to get your children more interested in taking care of their teeth. Toothpaste for instance, can be fun to use. It’s foaming action produces lots of messy bubbles that kids can have fun with and if you can make brushing a “fun time” you will be way ahead in the game.