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4 Steps Families Can Take to Improve Their Oral Health Together

Oral health can be a challenge for some, but it’s always possible to make improvements with a little effort. If you’re worried about the health of your family’s teeth and gums, make changes now rather than facing the consequences later.

Ditch the Soda

The kids probably won’t like this one, but it’s best to remove soda from your diet if your family’s oral health is a priority. Research has shown that soft drinks are a major cause of tooth decay, softening the enamel and contributing to gum disease as well as cavities. If you eat out often, chances are that your kids are getting too much soda. Those free refills are too tempting for most people to ignore. Along with avoiding fast food, you can also remedy the problem by skipping the soda aisle at the grocery store.

Make Regular Dental Visits

Most people avoid the dentist until something goes wrong. This can lead to worsening problems and complications that would have been avoided with regular dental visits. A dentist in Tampa, FL knows what kind of problems can arise when visits are missed. Although you can do a wonderful job of keeping your own teeth clean through proper brushing and flossing, you don’t have the tools or skill required to clean your teeth the way a dental hygienist does.

Commit to Healthy Meals

Too few families gather around the dinner table these days. Not only are they missing out on a wonderful opportunity to connect, but they are also likely not paying close enough attention to diet. When you prepare meals at home, you have make adjustments depending on your health needs, and in general, people who cook their own meals tend to eat healthier than those who eat out all the time. According to dental professionals, kids should consume two or more servings of dairy foods each day along with keeping soda at a minimum.

Provide Reminders

When one member of the family begins paying attention to oral health, it influences the rest of the family. For example, if you and your spouse begin monitoring your children’s brushing habits each night, you’ll be much less likely to forget brushing your own teeth. You and your spouse can even try to outdo each other to see who can come to bed with the freshest breath at night. There are all sorts of ways you can make the pursuit of oral health fun.

Maintaining oral health is a simple process, but you definitely have to put the work in to keep yourself healthy.  There are many ways to do this, so be creative and make sure everyone is included.  Positive oral health is worth working for.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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