Grandparents play an important role in raising children, especially in Hawai‘i, with changing family patterns and dual-worker households. And while it’s acceptable for grandparents to treat their grandchildren to sweets, they are also expected to show them the importance of good oral health and a healthy diet.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, when children are reminded to brush, floss and see their dentist at least twice a year. Grandparents and parents are also reminded to practice good oral hygiene with children to avoid tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health issues that could arise at any stage of life.
Oral health directly impacts overall health. Be sure to establish a consistent routine of brushing for at least two minutes twice a day and flossing daily. This simple routine can prevent plaque and bacteria from infecting the teeth and gums. A healthy diet and limiting sugar will also help the family stay healthier longer. Drinking water regularly and after eating sugary foods helps flush out excess sugar that tends to linger inside the mouth and cause cavities.
Instill good oral health habits and show the next generation that it’s possible to live well and smile more at any age.