Dental Health Resolutions

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Dental.jpgThis year make a New Year resolution that you and your family can smile about. The focus on dental health care for your children in this New Year can turn out to be a resolution as a parent that will pay dividends for your child’s health and their smile for a lifetime. Here are a few ways to get started: 
Make your kids dental health a priority
A key part of establishing good dental health is a good teeth cleaning routine. The key to success with any new habit is to not start with a big goal, but something you can work into your daily routine that is easy to do and makes you feel better. For example; brushing one more time a day, adding flossing to your routine, or using a mouthwash after meals. One small change in your dental routine will create large improvements in your dental health and the health of your children. So resolve to brush your child’s teeth twice a day especially before going to bed at night. Emphasise on cleaning between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner as decay-causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Supervise tooth brushing until your child is seven or eight years old and focus on effective tooth brushing throughout their lives.
Add new colours 
Add new colours to your child’s dental health kit by buying new toothbrushes in this New Year. Replace your kid’s toothbrush every three or four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning their teeth. And even change their toothbrush after they have flu or a cold. 
Take your child to the dentist
Once you’ve established a good tooth brushing routine at home, the next step is the first trip to the dentist. One resolution that could enhance your child’s dental health is to make sure that your kid visits a dentist with you at least twice in 2010. When you visit the dentist try to be positive about it and make the trip fun. Avoid using negative clichés. This will help to stop them worrying about future visits. 
Encourage healthy eating habits
Good nutrition is an important aspect in maintaining good dental health. Encourage a balanced diet routine to be followed by your little ones and limit in between-meal snacks. Avoid giving them sugary drinks and sticky food stuffs. Make healthy nutritious food for your kids at home and teach them the importance of a balanced diet. This year try the “rainbow challenge”: How many different colors of fruits and veggies can they eat in a day? A week? This family game can be a lot of fun and become a great booster for improving their eating habits.
Quit smoking
Don’t make your presence disturb your child’s overall health. After all, if you won’t care for your loved ones then who shall? This year is an opportunity for you to give it another sincere effort to quit all those habits that can ruin your child’s happiness. Try it and show your little ones that you care. 
Spend time and money wisely 
Gifts in the form of clothes or games played with them, rewards in the form of verbal praises and spending quality time with your kids shall always be valued more than a box of chocolates or a bottle of cold drink in the long run. So make healthy choices if you really love them and if you want to see them smiling forever.
Overall Commitment
Remember dental health care of your child requires a commitment from the whole family. It will be much easier for your children to accept-maybe even embrace-changes to their eating habits and activity level if they are not doing it alone. So first follow all these rules yourself. Kids do whatever they see. So be careful and smile healthy.

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