Protecting the Dental Health of Your Kids
Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease. Without treatment, tooth decay can seriously affect a child’s quality of life, interfere with their education, delay their cognitive and social development, and impact their physical health and growth. More common than asthma and allergies, tooth decay can increase the risk of infection, malnourishment, and other potentially serious dental and physical issues. You can take steps to protect your child’s dental health with a pediatric dentist.
1. Encourage your child to drink plenty of water, and serve low-fat milk or water with meals rather than soda, juice, and other sugary drinks. Milk and water can help teeth grow strong, while sugary drinks contribute to plaque and bacteria growth, which can lead to decay.
2. Limit between-meals snacking. Snacks can help your child get the nutrients he or she needs and can play an important role in a diet, but they can also add extra sugar and starch. If your child needs a snack, offer snacks with dental benefits, such as apples, cheese, pears, and celery sticks.
3. Teach your child healthy dental hygiene habits. Good brushing and flossing habits start early, so encouraging your child to take care of his or her teeth properly right from the start. Schedule regular checkups and cleanings with Dr. Frame for your child so that he or she can become familiar with the type of dental care needed to keep his or her smile healthy now and in the future.
Call us today to learn more about protecting the dental health of your kids or to schedule your child’s next appointment with Dr. Frame, our pediatric dentist.
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