New Year, New Smile: Resolutions For Better Dental Health
Now that the new year has begun, it’s time to start making good on all of those resolutions you made. While you may have made a list of goals for your own health this year, it’s important that you’re thinking about your child’s health in 2020, too. In hopes for a year of healthy smiles, Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry is sharing resolutions for better dental health.
Avoid Sugary Drinks and Snacks
In an effort to keep your child’s teeth healthy and happy, cut back on giving them drinks and snacks that are high in sugar. Sodas, juices, and sports drinks are packed with sugar, which breeds bacteria that leads to tooth decay. Hard candies and starchy foods are also bad for your child’s teeth. Instead, give your child milk or water to drink. The calcium in milk strengthens teeth and bones in your child’s body. Water washes away food particles, as well as helps produce saliva to fight bacteria.
Practice Good Brushing Habits
Bad brushing habits should be a thing of the past. Start 2020 with careful and thorough brushing. Help your child learn how to reach every tooth, clean their gums, and brush their tongue to prevent bad breath. As your child gets more independent, you should still keep an eye on how they brush to ensure they are taking good care of their smile.
If you were lackadaisical about flossing your child’s teeth last year, then this is the year to change that. As soon as your child has two teeth touching, you should be flossing their teeth. Flossing once a day can help prevent tooth decay and cavities.
Visit the Pediatric Dentist
Last but certainly not least, make sure you’re bringing your child to Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry for regular dental exams and cleanings. These preventative trips are key to avoiding dental headaches in the new year – and years to come.