Today's guest blogger is Warren Brill, D.M.D., M.S., a pediatric dentist in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry president and a national spokesperson of the AAPD, as well as an advocate for the dental health and overall well-being of children.
It's the season for festivities, friends, family and an abundance of food. Because we are all so busy, it's the time of year that parents tend to relax some routines: kids stay up later and eat more sweets and snacks than usual. There are certain healthy routines that should not be relaxed, even amid the hustle and bustle of the season because of all these indulgences. Among habits which are important to stick to and reinforce, those related to good oral hygiene are essential.
Many parents are surprised to learn that tooth decay is the most common chronic infectious childhood disease. More than one-fourth of United States children age 2 to 5 have tooth decay, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. But what parents should know is that tooth decay is largely preventable with good oral hygiene and regular preventative care.
Let the holiday break serve as a time to remind kids about the importance of taking care of their teeth and think about scheduling routine appointments in the New Year. Here are some top tips and reminders for parents and caregivers during the holidays:
For more tips like these and important information about preventing tooth decay, check out this fact sheet from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Parents and caregivers can also find more information, including a pediatric dentist finder, at mychildrensteeth.org. And remember that the gift of establishing good oral hygiene habits is one that will have a lasting impact throughout your child's lifetime.
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