Thursday, January 07, 2016

Good dental habits for children

Do your kids give their teeth a quickie while horsing around at the sink? Do they eat sugary snacks in school (maybe in their packed lunch)?

Cavities are a major disease in childhood. Yes, disease.

Kathleen Pace, DDS, assistant professor at Texas A&M, has some tips:

--Provide a healthy diet at home. It will help kids grow, learn better, and as an added benefit, help their teeth.

--Fruits, veggies, whole grains, dairy, and protein.

--Pack fruit and dairy in lunches--if you pack the kids' lunches. This includes snacks. How about string cheese, or a carton of milk? Cheese, especially, protects enamel.

--Don't pack candy, gummies (not only sugary but stick on for hours), or even cookies with added sugar.

--Stand by when kids are brushing. Better yet, brush and floss alongside them.

--Get the kids to brush after breakfast.

--And, of course, get those checkups.

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