What Parents Can do to Promote Good Dental Health


Mum and son tooth brushing

Mum and son tooth brushing

Parents can take several steps to make sure their children maintain healthy dental habits.  Eat healthy foods at home, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy products and protein.  Most natural foods have lower amounts of sugar than processed foods and do less damage to teeth, according to Kathleen Pace an assistant professor in the Baylor College of Dentistry at Texas A&M University in Dallas.

Parents need to serve these foods at home so their children will imitate those health eating habits when they are elsewhere “she said in a university news release”

She also suggests that parents:

Be sure to include fruits and dairy in youngsters school lunches.  Fruit will satisfy their cravings for sweets and provide healthy nutrients, while dairy products such as mils and cheese will help strengthen their bones and teeth.

Take part in children’s morning and nightly teeth cleaning rituals, and teach them how to take care of their teeth.  “Children love to imitate, so let them watch you brush your teeth and floss” Or even better, do it with them.  continue reading

This article has been taken from Health Magazine