Your children are little sponges that watch, listen, and emulate you and your spouse, which means you have a heavy responsibility to model healthy behavior.
Our team at Bayou Dental Group is helping you do that by sharing some dental habits that will keep your family smiling!
With these tips, and regular visits to our Monroe, LA dental office, you and the people you love most can have healthy smiles for a lifetime!
Encourage A Routine For Oral Hygiene
As much as they might complain about it, children thrive under structure and routine. It gives them a sense of security, and it can also help them build healthy habits.
Oral hygiene is the perfect example of this, and it’s actually one of the earliest forms of personal ownership and responsibility they’ll experience.
You can encourage a good oral hygiene regimen by including your kids in the decision-making, like letting them choose their own toothbrush, help decide the rewards for completing various oral care tasks per week, or pick out a song to use as a timer for brushing their teeth.
However you structure the family oral hygiene routine, just be sure to stick with it so it will become a natural part of your child’s daily regimen as they grow.
Limit Your Family’s Sugar Intake
The greatest threat to your oral health is the bad bacteria that live inside your mouth. And the favorite food source for that bacteria is sugar.
Limiting soda, fruit juice, cookies, candy, and all other sugary drinks and snacks is one of the best things you and your family can do to prevent tooth decay and cavities. Even when consumed in moderation, you should rinse your mouth out with water to wash away any sugary residue or particles left behind.
Stock Your Kitchen With Fresh Fruit & Veggies
Along with limiting sugar, you should also stock your kitchen with fresh fruits and vegetables. When these options are available instead of highly-processed convenience foods, your children will not only be healthier, but they’ll grow up with better lifelong dietary habits that will serve their smiles well!
Visit Bayou Dental Group Regularly
In a typical dental checkup, you get a deep cleaning from one of our highly-trained hygienists who use special tools to remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. Then, Dr. Finley will thoroughly examine your mouth for signs of tooth decay, cavities, and other oral health threats. You might also have dental x-rays or an oral cancer screening, as well as learn tips and techniques for proper brushing and flossing.
It’s routine care like this that will help you and your family members stay ahead of potential dental problems and maintain good oral health.
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Our mission is to help you and your family build a lifetime of healthy smiles.
With our experience, skills, and technology, we can detect, treat, and even prevent dental problems so everyone in your household has healthy teeth and gums at every stage.