Children’s Smile Health: Simple, Important Habits To Consider

There are some very simple habits to think about that can have a strong impact on your child’s smile health. When you make good decisions along the way, you guide your little one’s oral health in a direction toward lifelong success. So, how to pick up on these details? For starters, see us for your six-month checkups and we will keep you informed. For now, let’s have a quick chat about common habits to consider!

Washing Hands Before Eating

If you start your kids on the habit of washing their hands before they eat when they’re young, you’ll be accomplishing two things: First, you’ll contribute to protecting them from sticking their fingers in their mouth at least part of the time without ingesting tons of germs. Second, of course, you will train them to do this for the rest of their lives! As a result, you can help protect their overall health and smile health by limiting their chance of introducing bacteria and germs into their mouths when they sit down to eat.

Use Sippy Cups As A Transitional Tool!

It’s important to consider the fact that sippy cups can be a wonderful tool to help your child transition to using a cup (or a cup and straw). However, these should only be used for a brief period of time. They should also be used mindfully. Consider the following to ensure you’re not accidentally creating a bad habit for your little one’s smile health:

  • Allowing your child to use a sippy cup for extended periods, particularly if your child sucks on it or drinks from it all day long, can negatively impact the position of your child’s teeth
  • Fill the sippy cup with water only if your child will be sipping from it throughout the day to prevent constant exposure to sugars from beverages like juices (which greatly increases the chance of decay)

Make Beneficial Decisions With Our Dental Care

Bring your child in for checkups with our team, so we may keep you educated regarding how to best guide your child’s smile health. Schedule a visit with your Dallas, TX children’s dentist, Dr. Marr at Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda by calling 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, TX, and all surrounding communities, including Casa Linda, Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Forest Hills, East Dallas, Mesquite, Garland, Richardson, and more.

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