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You probably know that there are a few simple steps you’ll need to take if you’re interested in keeping your teeth healthy and strong. You may know that you should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. You might also know that you should clean the areas your brush can’t reach by flossing. However, would you be surprised to hear that there are a few extra steps you should take if you’d like to help your children establish healthy habits?

Of course, you should lead by example. If your kids see you brushing and flossing, they’ll probably be more willing to brush and floss on their own. If your children develop healthy habits while they’re young, they’ll probably enjoy a healthier smile as they get older. You should also remember to care for your teeth—and your child’s teeth—well, even when you go on vacation. Aside from brushing and flossing, you should also schedule two appointments for your children every year. We usually recommend starting these appointments when your little one is about a year old to help them acclimate to visiting the dentist.

Eating healthy foods can also help you keep you keep your children’s teeth strong and help your children establish healthy habits. You might consider drinking tea instead of coffee because coffee can often lead to caffeine crashes. To counteract the crash, many Americans reach for sugar, which creates an environment where bad bacteria can grow. You should also enjoy healthy snacks like fruits and nuts instead of sugary ones.

If you have more questions about helping your child enjoy a healthy smile in Athens, Texas, please don’t hesitate to contact Dental Works at 903-675-0023. Our dentist, Dr. Jennifer Morgan, and our team will gladly answer any questions you have. We’re eager to receive your call.