There has been a lot of talk in the news lately about sugar consumption, and it might surprise many parents at just how much sugar their kids are ingesting on a daily basis. In fact, CNN reports that according to the Centers for Disease Control, two-thirds of children had at least one sugary drink every day, and 30 percent of children have two or more sugary beverages every single day!
Not only is excess sugar consumption associated with weight gain, high cholesterol, and diabetes, but an increase in dental cavities is a real danger. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that almost half of youngsters age 12 and under already have cavities. Many of those are in permanent teeth.
Don’t put off a visit to the children’s dentist in Amherst, NH. Call Dr. Kenneth Edwards today to make an appointment for your child!
Good Oral Habits Start Young
There are a couple of things parents can do for their kids today to set them on course for a lifetime of good oral health. The first thing is to lower their sugar consumption. Parents need to be realistic about the amount of sugar their children are eating and drinking. Water—both still and sparkling—are the best alternatives to sugary fruit juices and sodas. Oftentimes reaching for anything other than water is just a bad habit.
The second thing they can do is to encourage proper oral care. If sugar is to be consumed, teach your kids to rinse their mouths immediately afterward. Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once are needed to keep teeth and gums clean and healthy. If your kids are young, supervise them until they have the dexterity to take care of their teeth on their own.
Of course, regular trips to the dentist are also important. Ask your Amherst, NH children’s dentist when you should start bringing your kids in. Often dentists recommend that when the first tooth erupts, it’s time for a spin in the dental chair!
Don’t put off making a dental appointment. We look forward to seeing your kids!