Taking care of your mental and physical well-being is the best possible thing you can do for both yourself and your family. Eating right, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and drinking enough water are all vital to day to day functioning. If you happen to be one of of tens of millions of people in the United States who are also raising children, it becomes even more important to take care of yourself. Being around for your children as they grow up is vital to their health and well-being as well, and as a parent, they learn the most about how to behave from you. Habits are instilled in children from a young age, whether they are healthy or not, so why not make conscientious decisions to display healthy habits for your children to pick up on?
One of the things little kids like to learn how to do is brush their teeth. It can be made fun and exciting with games and songs, though the excitement wears off as they get older and it frequently becomes a chore they try to avoid. As the parent, make sure you demonstrate proactive oral health by brushing regularly, cutting back on sugar in the house, and making sure they are brushing their teeth every day and every night before bed. As they get older they might develop other health issues or issues with their adult teeth as they grow in. Those will need to be handled on a case by case basis, but as the parent, you should demonstrate leadership and encourage them to be active participants in their own health. If your child has gotten to the point in their life where they need braces, do everything you can to encourage them and tell them it will be okay. There are a variety of options such as Invisalign which make braces a less painful and physically more appealing option for kids, so feel free to use those options.
Good oral health is critical to your child’s development, as is education, physical, and mental health. Keeping your child healthy with regular check-ups with the pediatrician and orthodontist can help avoid costly emergency care in the future by catching serious problems before they become serious. Catching problems earlier on is better for both you and your child, and will help them become happy, healthy adults who then pass on those healthy behaviors to their children.
This country is in crisis with certain health epidemics, such as obesity and cancers. By eating right, not smoking, and exercising regularly, odds of ever becoming obese or contracting cancer stay significantly lower than if the opposite behaviors are performed. Encourage your children to stay active with you, and make sure you are making them the healthiest food you can, for both their oral health and their overall well-being. Their future is in your hands, and as the parent you have the biggest influence on the decisions they make growing up. They will learn from you, so try to make them positive lessons.