At Smile Solutions, we are known for our unique dedication to pediatric dentistry. We have worked hard to achieve the strongest focus on a caring and understanding environment that strives to make children feel comfortable and safe, well beyond what our competitors engage in.
As leaders in pediatric dentistry, we understand how important sugar is in our society, and yet we also know the damaging effects sweets can have on our overall oral health, as in consuming too much soda, hard candies and sticky foods. We know this because we see so many dental situations that could be avoided by following a reasonable and healthy diet, as well as an effective oral hygiene program.
How To Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy – Where to Begin
The first most important step to keeping your children’s teeth healthy is to talk to them about lowering their sweet intake, and then showing them how this is done.
A few ways to do this are:
Express positive feelings – make sure your children know how much your family enjoys eating good food and how important this is to having strong, healthy teeth with less cavities. Make sure healthy foods are served in appealing ways and avoid having an over-abundance of candy readily available.
Be a good example – do not over-indulge in sweets. Possibly establish some family rules, like never needing to ask about eating fruits and vegetables but needing to check with you to see if sweets are okay to eat. Also, consuming sweets on particular days can help families lower their sugar intake while encouraging overall self-control.
Help them see the end result at the beginning – let your children know each choice they make leads to a certain outcome. If they want healthy teeth that will last their entire lifetime, they can achieve this by minimizing their sugar intake.
Show them a chart outlining how sweets damage teeth – using a child-friendly chart, help them see the very really connection between sugar and enamel breakdown.
Encouraging Your Child to Brush Their Teeth
Present a schedule of daily oral hygiene – brushing their teeth one time a day is minimal, two times a day is optimal. Teach them to floss, and how to rinse their mouth with water after every time they eat a sugary treat, such as hard or sticky candies, as well as soda.
Reward them with praise – tell them how good their teeth look brushed and how much their beautiful smile helps brighten your day. Sometimes, with younger children, charts, using fun stickers, can help. Children love being pain-free and being able to chew food with fun and delight, as well as having a smile they can be proud of.
Make sure they receive early checkups – the sooner your child becomes involved in a pediatric dentistry program, the healthier and more problem-free their teeth will be, and the more comfortable they will be with the whole dental hygiene process.
Where Can I Find a Pediatric Dentist?
The pediatric team at Smile Solutions is a vital part of the Norman, OK. We are known for our commitment to providing superior oral health services in a mutually enjoyable and trusting environment. Contact Smile Solutions today at (405) 364-7385.