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Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy: Part One

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

hagen dentalDid you know that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month?

The American Dental Association and the ADA Foundation support the month-long, national health observance as a time where people can become more educated on the benefits of good oral health in our children.

This year the ADA is focusing on awareness around sugar and the negative effects it can have on its teeth. The 2016 campaign shows kids ways they can “defeat” the effects of sugar and maintain good oral health habits through brushing, flossing, rinsing and eating healthy snacks that are low in sugar.

Why the focus on children this month?

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease that our kids have—and the increase in sugar in particular is one of the major reasons for this issue.

Consider how, generally speaking, nutritionists recommend that children do not consume any more than 16-17 grams of sugar per day through drinks or through their food. Just think of the negative effects some of the drinks they regularly consume is having on their teeth and their ability to obtain all their required nutrients for optimal growth.

Drinks we may have at our homes or drinks that are available at school are packed with sugar:

  • Coca-Cola: 40 grams of sugar
  • Pepsi: 40 grams of sugar
  • Mountain Dew: 44 grams of sugar
  • Welch’s 100% Grape Juice: 60 grams of sugar
  • Minute Maid Orange Juice: 40 grams of sugar
  • Capri Sun: About 44 grams of sugar

One of the best ways we can help them—for life—is to raise the level of education and awareness they have when it comes to oral health, and that includes knowledge around alternatives they can choose, in this case for beverages, that can support this lifestyle.

Does Your Child Have Their “Dental Home”?

no more dental fears at hagen dental in cincinnati ohioJust think: when your child is around three they should have their “dental home,” or a dentist that they can visit and know is “their dentist.” This helps children know the process of visiting the dentist! Having “their own dentist” to go to also reinforces how important it is to visit the dentist regularly and how it’s part of the process of taking care of our teeth and body. We pride ourselves in making sure that young children are extremely comfortable and enjoy their first (and following) visits to the dentist.

Once you’ve started regularly taking your child to the dentist, another benefit is that the dentist can also help you with your child’s specific fluoride needs. Many parents also enjoy how they can rely on the dentist to offer recommendations involving antibiotics and the impact of those antibiotics on our children’s teeth. For example, discoloration, as well as other issues, can occur from prolonged use of certain antibiotics that our children are taking.

Not only that, but certain children’s medications also have a large amount of sugar in them. Once you have your dentist that is familiar with your situation, those are the kinds of things that can be discussed for preventative care and for the sake of education as they grow.

Check back in next week for part two, which will include other tips on what we can do to make sure our kids keep their teeth healthy. Have questions about your child’s specific dental health? Or are you ready to bring your child in for their first visit to the dentist? Give us a call today at (513) 251-5500 or visit our website here.

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