Perhaps one of the most difficult, yet most important, aspects of parenthood is teaching your kids to take care of their teeth. In a perfect world, your kids would realize how important their dental hygiene is and they would take great care of their teeth at all times. In a perfect world, however, you’d already be a billionaire and your kids wouldn’t have to worry about a thing. Since it’s not (anything close to) a perfect world, you’re going to have to step up your parenting game to ensure your kids’ teeth are healthy and strong.
Here are a few parenting mistakes that, if made, can lead to the destruction of your kids’ teeth and extremely high dental expenses in the future.
Keeping Energy Drinks In the House
If you constantly have sugary drinks in the fridge, even if you tell your kids not to touch them because they’re for the adults, it’s still setting a poor example for your children. And if you let your kids drink these sugary liquids, just wait for the litany of dental issues to arise. Sports drinks are very harmful to your kids’ teeth, but researchers found that exposure to energy drinks like Rockstar, Monster, and Red Bull resulted in twice as much enamel loss (3.1%) as exposure to sports drinks (1.5%).
Punish Your Kids for Not Brushing Their Teeth
Although you have to show them the importance of brushing, you can’t just yell and scream at them if they don’t. This will make them push back and use not brushing as a silent revolt against you. Try to make brushing their teeth fun from an early age by using cool brushes and funky toothpastes.
Skipping Pediatric Dentist Appointments
If you are constantly skipping visits to your pediatric dentist’s office, you’re not doing your kids any favors. You can only do so much as a parent to keep your children’s teeth strong and healthy, eventually, you’re going to need professional help. Pediatric dentists can help ensure that your kids are getting the proper dental care they deserve.
Parenting is tough and your kids are going to put up a solid fight to destroy their teeth with candy, sugary drinks, and faux brushing techniques, but if you are persistent, have them visit their dentist, and incorporate a little fun, everything should be all right. Contact Smilez Pediatric Dental Group today if your kids are ready for a dental checkup.
Five leading dental organizations have made a commitment to the mission behind National Facial Protection Month. It is imperative that all individuals, young and old, who participate in contact sports wear protective head gear such as a mouthguard and helmet. Your Dulles VA pediatric dentist specializes in custom-fit mouthguards that will do the work of protecting your child’s teeth while never hindering normal activity. The magazine Sport Health recently published a study with evidence to suggest sports-related dental injuries cost the American people as much as $500 million annually.
But sports-related facial injury can be prevented.
The Academy for Sports Dentistry (ASD), the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and the American Dental Association (ADA) are co-sponsoring the annual campaign that encourages parents, caregivers and coaches to help prevent sports-related injuries to the head and face by using safety equipment. Athletes are urged to wear protective gear such as mouth guards and helmets to avoid being sidelined by an injury.
According to the five dental organizations, mouth protection should be fitted, light, strong, easy to clean and the correct size so it covers the gums and teeth.
Visit the co-sponsor websites listed below for more information and resources:
The Academy for Sports Dentistry was established in 1983 as a forum for dentists, doctors, athletic trainers, coaches, dental technicians and educators for sharing ideas about sports dentistry and athletes’ dental needs.www.academyforsportsdentistry.org/
Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is the membership organization of the specialty of pediatric dentistry with 10,000 members.www.mychildrensteeth.org
Established in 1918, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons represents more than 9,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons and supports its fellows and members through education, research and advocacy.www.myoms.org/saveface
The American Association of Orthodontists, founded in 1900, is the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization, representing more than 18,000 orthodontist members.www.mylifemysmile.org The American Dental Association, founded in 1859, is the country’s largest dental association, representing more than 161,000 dentist members.www.mouthhealthy.org
Start the game the way you want to finish: free from facial injury. Contact your Dulles pediatric dentist today to learn more about National Facial Protection Month and to inquire about having your child fitted for a mouthguard.