What does staying active have to do with teeth?

Teeth fit right into the benefit that parents and schools are looking for concerning overall health.  You will notice that there are less soda pop vending machines which are being replaced with healthy, lower-fat alternatives such as popcorn, pretzels, nuts, cheese and crackers, fruit and yogurt, all which help promote healthy teeth (and bodies).

Poor nutrition and eating lots of sugary foods and drinks also can pave the way for cavities and gum disease.  Following are some ideas for helping children eat better and stay healthy:

  • limit sugary drinks
  • keep healthy snacks around
  • make sure your child brushes and flosses regularly and visits the dentist twice a year
  • make sure your child gets adequate exercise
  • set a positive example yourself

Poor nutrition, lack of physical activity and obesity in children can lead the way for medical problems as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, gallblader disease, osteoarthritis and joint problems, asthma, diabetes, depression, anxiety and even sleep apnea; and also poor teeth health with cavities.  Quite a list isn’t it?

Most children in America do not get enough physical activity and do not eat a balanced diet.  Both of these are a great place to start (and stay) to keep your children healthy.