New Year’s Resolution for Your Child’s Dental Health

Now is a great time to reflect upon the recent past and to plan for the coming year. As you think about your health goals, career plans, or personal growth, we encourage you to also consider your oral health. Here are few resolutions to help you and your family smile brighter in 2018.

Remember that clean teeth are happy teeth. Depending on your child’s age, now may be a good time to talk with them about brushing and flossing.
For babies, simply wipe their gums with a clean damp washcloth or gauze. As soon as your child has teeth, you should start brushing their teeth for them using a soft child-size toothbrush. When your child is old enough to brush on their own, teach them to brush twice per day, after breakfast and before bed. Daily gentle flossing for children is also recommended as soon as they have teeth which touch each other. Teaching these habits now will encourage a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Schedule dental visits for your family. Make appointments now for everyone in your family to visit a dentist in 2018. Don’t wait for a problem or an emergency to arise. Preventive dental check-ups can help identify cavities or early signs of tooth decay before they become serious. A child’s first dental visit should occur by age 3, or earlier if you notice any problems with their teeth or gums. Your dentist will let you know when it’s time to start a professional dental cleaning for your child. Early dental visits can serve several purposes: to check for growth and development, and to identify any potential problems. But most importantly, it’s important to begin to teach children healthy dental habits and to not be afraid of the dentist.

Make healthy life choices.
Having healthy teeth and gums is about more than just brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist. It is also about living healthfully. We recommend eating a balanced diet with plenty of whole foods, including fruits and vegetables.Choose healthier snacks and drink water. Avoid excess sugar, such as in sugary sodas. Avoid chemicals or overly processed foods which may be bad for you. Prepare healthy meals for your children, and educate them about making smart choices while at school or dining out. Start an exercise program or be active to the best of your abilities. Avoid stress or make time to de-stress through meditation or fun activities.

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Assure A Smile works with our patients to help them develop healthy, natural, and effective oral hygiene habits as part of an overall wellness strategy and holistic healthcare approach.

To learn more about holistic dentistry or to schedule an appointment that can start your new year off right, please contact us today at 305-274-0047.

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