As parents, we sometimes overlook the exact qualities and traits we try to instill in our children.
Things like not saying something if we have nothing good to say, eating with our elbows off the table…practicing proper grammar…and maintaining optimal oral health.
The times they are a changin’; we now know more about the systemic benefits of maintaining optimal dental health for our kids, and as parents we need to set that example. Our kids are all too willing to jump on and point out our hypocrisy these days, and as parents we’re better off for it.
Either way, the classic answer of generations gone by to these discrepancies was formerly, “do as I say, not as I do.”
That doesn’t hold water anymore or float our kids’ boat. In order for us to best communicate how our kids should behave, we kinda need to behave that way ourselves and set the positive oral health example.
We Need to Be as Passionate About Kids Dental Health as We are About Kid’s Sports!
In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, we’d like to communicate some simple oral healthcare tips meant for kids, courtesy of the American Dental Association.
Take it from the ADA, not just some obscurely passionate about dental health blog.
Brush twice a day.
Clean between your teeth daily.
Limit snacks, eat nutritious meals.
Visit your dentist regularly.
We mean regularly!
If we don’t take care of our teeth and gums as parents, and illustrate to our kids what optimal oral health is all about, we are allowing the cavity creeps the opportunity to hunker down and occupy our children’s mouths at a time when their entrenchment can be most damaging.
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