Routine is critical for good oral health. As a dentist, Dr Rick Iskandar knows this better than most and is offering the following 5 steps to revamping your family dental routine.
1. Establish a routine
Don't rush to fit your routine in before the train arrives or the school bell rings, schedule brushing your teeth into your routine. Better yet, set a time to brush your teeth as a family. Not only does this set a good example, it will create engaging family time that the kids can look forward to.
2. Supervise your shopping trolley
The first step in protecting our teeth and gums is the shopping trolley. Make sure you read the nutrition label and opt for products which contain small amounts of natural sugars such as fruit and milk, over processed foods with large quantities of added sugar. It’s recommended that we consume no more than 6 teaspoons / 24 grams of added sugars per day.
3. Have the right tools
Dental technology has come a long way and there are some amazing products that will ensure your family’s oral health is in safe hands. Life Education Partners, Philips Sonicare, offer brushes for kids and adults alike that use technology to gain better results.
4. See your dentist
Life Education research found that despite 86% of parents recognising their children should see the dentist at least once, if not twice a year, 30% admit their children haven’t been in over 12 months.
Prevention is better than cure, and the best advice I can give here is the sooner you go, the sooner you’ll have your oral health back under control. Dental health experts are a wealth of knowledge and can provide tips for both parents and kids. This is an excellent first step in building, or re-building, your oral health care routine.
5. Stress less… for your teeth!
Most of us are familiar with stress in our lives, though many wouldn't understand the impact it has on our mouths. Increased stress, together with a lack of routine has resulted in a significant increase in the number of young patients recently suffering from teeth grinding, tension headaches and even cracked teeth. With the increased sugar intake added to this combination, it’s the perfect storm for decay to set into these compromised, stressed teeth.
When getting back to a routine, don’t forget to schedule in some family relaxation time. Your teeth will thank you for it!
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