Thursday, January 07, 2016
Good dental habits for children
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.