Childhood obesity rates have more than tripled over the last four decades. Many parents don’t realize being overweight can have an impact on more than a child’s general health. Several studies have linked childhood obesity to advanced gum disease (periodontitis) and tooth decay. These dental problems often carry into adulthood. A proper diet, exercise and regular dental exams with our family dentist can help your son or daughter maintain a healthy lifestyle.
September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. You can prevent long-term medical conditions and dental problems by educating your child on the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
3 Ways You Can Promote Healthy Living For Your Children
Tooth decay and gum disease are also highly prevalent among adults. Your children learn from watching you. Demonstrating good habits can teach them life-long lessons on healthy living.
Following these steps can help you set a good example while also keeping your oral and overall health in check:
- Appropriate portions and calorie intake—Children as young as 5-years-old have shown signs of obesity. Avoid overeating, and stay away from rewarding good behavior with sugary foods.
- Exercise and family activities—Playing kickball, going swimming or other active sports can promote health living while also showing your children exercise can be fun.
- Brush twice daily and floss once a day—Brush your teeth in the morning and at night, and floss at bedtime to show your children dental hygiene is an important part of your daily habits.
Childhood obesity can be a difficult conversation to have with parents and children, but the talk is necessary to turn around the obesity epidemic reaching across America.
Schedule a dental exam for you and your child today with our family dentist in Fort Worth by calling 817-870-5099. Museum Smiles provides family, emergency and cosmetic dentistry to patients throughout Texas including Fort Worth, Arlington and Keller.