February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and DCDS is preparing our troops for battle in the #SugarWars. This month-long campaign is sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA) and highlights the importance of oral health for children.
With Valentine’s Day behind us, your kiddos might have some leftover candy stashed away to dig into when they’re craving something sweet. And while it’s perfectly fine for your child to indulge in the occasional sweet treat, prioritizing their oral health is crucial. We’re armed with some helpful tips and facts to share with you from our friends at the ADA:
- The World Health Organization recommends that children should have no more than three teaspoons of sugar a day.
- A balanced diet should include fruits and vegetables, grains, dairy and lean proteins.
- Always read food labels and choose foods and beverages that are low in added sugars. Select beverages, such as water, that hydrate and contribute to good nutrition.
- Institute a good oral hygiene regimen appropriate for your child’s age. This typically includes brushing and flossing twice a day.
Practicing good oral health habits is important at any age, but it’s especially vital for children to help them establish a life-long foundation for healthy teeth and gums. Making healthy choices for your children is important, so swap out that Snickers for a bowl of fresh strawberries and forgo the fruit juice for a refreshing glass of water. Don your arm, and prepare yourself for battle in the #SugarWars. The Empire of Sugar is strong, but with the right knowledge and tools, the Dental Alliance will prevail. May the force be with you!