Happy New Year! You’ve probably thought about New Year’s resolutions in the wellness category, like eating healthier, going “green”, and increasing exercise. And that’s great! But have you considered your family’s dental health in the New Year? Don’t forget- dental health is an integral part of your overall wellness. Now is a great time to improve your mouth-healthy habits.
We want to help your family start the New Year off right. Review this checklist with your kids to ensure everyone has a healthier 2017!
I’ve visited a dentist within the last six months
I’ve followed up with necessary dental work, if needed
I brush twice a day, everyday
I brush for a full two minutes
I brush all areas of my mouth each time
I brush my teeth at night and don’t eat again after I brush
I floss daily
My toothbrush is not older than 4 months
My toothbrush is not frayed
I keep my toothbrush in a holder at least 4 feet away from the toilet bowl
I don’t use my teeth to open packages, tops of containers, etc.
I make “happy teeth” food and beverage choices
I limit between-meal snacking
I rarely consume added sugar – including, but not limited to candy, mints, taffy, cookies, muffins, chips, and soda.
I include dairy, lots of fruits and veggies, and water in my diet
I eat foods that contain calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin C
Did every member of your family receive a perfect score on the checklist? If so, way to go! If not, there’s room for improvement in 2017. Read our past blog entries and continue to follow our blog for healthy tips and ideas.
Dr. Staci Whitman and Dr. Michelle Stafford worked for nearly two years to bring World Of Smiles to North Portland. They seek to partner with families to provide education and motivation for healthy dental habits. The practice strives for excellent patient care with a holistic, integrative approach while offering innovative treatment options. Both Docs enjoy teaching families and other healthcare professionals the importance of prevention and laying a foundation of healthy dental practices from a young age. They advocate for infant and child oral health, have had extensive experience with patients of special needs, and are Board Certified Pediatric Dentists. Learn more about who your family will partner with at your next visit!