Here’s to a Happy, Healthy July 4th
Celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks, friends and food. But in planning your holiday party, remember to serve some healthy fare – like fruits and vegetables. Starting your kids on a healthy diet early is good for both their bodies and their teeth.
Today, more than 25% of children ages two-five have cavities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 50% of all children in lower-income families and more than two-thirds of adolescents ages 12-19 have had decay.
Children who have cavities are more likely to suffer from pain, lost school time and have trouble eating, speaking and studying. Children are more at risk for cavities and gum problems because their teeth are still developing.
Here are a few tips to help prevent cavities:
- Serve your child a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
- Limit sweet and starchy foods – potato chips and other junk food, cookies, candy and sugary drinks. These foods come into contact with the bacteria in your child’s mouth and create acids which attack the enamel on teeth, causing cavities. If your child eats sweets, encourage him/her to brush his/her teeth afterwards to get rid of any remaining food particles.
- If you give your child a bottle at naptime, fill it with water. Avoid putting babies to bed with a bottle filled with juice, milk or other sugary drinks. The liquid will pool on the child’s teeth and gums, causing decay.
- Watch your child’s brushing and flossing. Make sure he/she brushes twice a day with a soft, child-sized toothbrush designed especially for kids. And be sure to take your child to the dentist regularly.
Learn more about how to keep your child’s smile healthy all year round.
Show us your 100-watt smiles at this year’s Pops on the River! Located in Downtown Little Rock, this FREE, family-friendly event will feature a kids’ zone, lots of great food, a performance featuring the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and a spectacular fireworks finale! The Delta Dental Smile Cam will be there snapping pictures of you and your crew, so find our photographers to make a lasting memory of this holiday! Happy 4th of July from Delta Dental of Arkansas!