With the weather warming up, a lot of kids are probably thinking about sports for the coming summer. But here at your Overland Park dentist, we’re thinking about putting together another kind of game plan: one that promotes healthy smiles for you and your family!
Like any other game plan, winning the Healthy Smiles Bowl requires the right tools, the right approach, and a lot of teamwork. Developing a good oral health plan for your family means taking each family member’s needs and habits into account. A good coach doesn’t expect every player on the team to play the same way, and every member of your family will have different oral health needs based on age, dietary requirements, and lifestyle, so it’s important to make sure that your family’s dental hygiene game plan works for you!
The core of any oral care plan is regular brushing and flossing, along with visits to your Overland Park dentist. Everyone in the family should brush at least twice a day, and floss at least once. It’s important to select the right tools for the job, and like any team, each member will need their own equipment. Little Kaitlin might need a smaller toothbrush than her older brother Matt, for example, so make sure that each member of your family team has the equipment that’s right for them.
For many people, brushing and flossing and occasional trips to the dentist are the most people will do when it comes to an oral healthcare game plan, but that’s only half the battle. A good diet and proper nutrition are just as important to healthy smiles as they are to winning the World Series. There’s a lot of information out there about what your family should be eating—and we know that every family has its own unique dietary needs—but there are a few things that just about everyone shouldn’t be eating if they want to keep their teeth healthy:
- Foods that are high in sugar, high in starches, acidic, sticky, or hard to bite can all damage your teeth and should be either avoided or minimized.
- Sugary foods including candy, soda, and sugary cereals promote tooth decay, while foods that are high in starch break down into sugars.
- Acidic foods such as citrus and sugary drinks wear down tooth enamel, while sticky foods get trapped in between your teeth and promote decay. Biting hard foods like hard candies or lollipops can chip teeth.
March is National Nutrition Month, so there’s really no better time to rally the family team and make a game plan for healthy smiles that includes good oral care, regular visits to your Overland Park dentist, and a healthy diet!
If your family team is ready to make a game plan for healthy smiles this month, then call (913) 338-3384 or fill out our quick and easy online contact form to schedule an appointment with your Overland Park dentist to discuss your family’s oral health needs today!