Beat The Sugar Rush For Your Child’s Dental Health [BLOG]
In honor of Children’s Dental Health month, our team at 7 O’Clock Dental wants to make sure you know how to keep them smiling for life!
By instilling a positive attitude about dental care in your child early, you’re helping make it easier for them to achieve and maintain good oral health well into adulthood.
That’s why Dr. Tripp and our team in New Orleans, LA is sharing some tips for how you can beat the sugar rush so it doesn’t lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease!
Your Child’s Teeth Need The Right Care!
We can’t really talk about your child’s dental needs without giving some attention to one of the biggest threats to their teeth.
Yes, you’ve been hearing about the dental dangers of sugar since childhood, and now it’s time to impart that wisdom onto your own children.
It might seem counterproductive to worry at all about teeth that they’re going to lose in a few years anyway. But the truth is that early childhood experiences regarding their teeth and gums will set the tone for how they manage their oral health into adulthood.
So the responsibility falls on parents to instill good habits now so they won’t struggle with oral health problems later.
Not just that, but protecting their baby teeth is a way to prevent problems with the eruption of their adult teeth, such as poor position, alignment, and crowding.
How To Beat The Sugar Rush!
We know it’s tough, but you need to encourage your child to make healthy choices when it comes to their dental health.
That means keeping sugary foods and drinks to a minimum.
-Make sugary treats just that: a treat.
When your kids know that sugar is bad for their teeth and should only be consumed once in a while, they’ll eventually develop a better relationship with healthier foods to last a lifetime.
-Keep your kitchen well-stocked with teeth-friendly foods and drinks.
If you offer a child a piece of candy, it begins a lifelong struggle we all can relate to. It’s that constant fight to make the better, more nutritious choice despite our society’s plethora of highly-processed, sugar-packed options.
So set them up for success by hiding the sugary snacks and stocking your kitchen with fresh fruits and veggies instead.
-Model responsible dental maintenance.
You already do that with their daily oral hygiene habits, but they also need to get comfortable going to the dentist.
Positive dental visits in early childhood will make them comfortable with routine dental care throughout their adult lives, as well.
Make Daily Dental Care Fun!
Just like anything you try to teach your kids, instilling good dental habits when they’re little can be quite the challenge.
But there are ways to encourage them to make daily brushing and flossing second nature by making it a fun time for the whole family.
-Give them ownership by letting them choose their own toothbrush and dental floss.
-Make a fun calendar that lists brushing and flossing as one of their daily ‘jobs.’
-Create a reward system so that every time they do something good for their teeth, they get a star or a fun sticker until they earn some kind of (sugar-free!) perk.
-Use the oral hygiene routine as an opportunity for family time by brushing and flossing together!
-Invite them along with you when it’s time for your dental cleanings and exams so they develop a rapport with Dr. Tripp and our team at 7 O’Clock Dental!
Schedule An Appointment
We don’t just care about your child’s dental health during the month of February.
It’s a top priority for Dr. Tripp and all of us here at 7 O’Clock Dental every day of the year.
We know how important it is to establish healthy dental habits early so they attribute positive feelings with dental care for the rest of their lives.
That’s why we’re always here to support you and your family in that effort. We have a warm, kid-friendly staff to help give your child the advantage for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
Celebrate Children’s Dental Health month by scheduling a check-up in our New Orleans, LA dental office!