In these uncertain times, what kids really need is a routine. With the elimination of the daily structure of school and parents working, there are still things you can do to take care of your child's oral and overall health.
- Try to set regular wake and bed times. Sleep is crucial to keep the immune system functioning properly.
- Remind children to brush their teeth twice each day with fluoridated toothpaste, and floss once each day. Oral hygiene and hygiene, overall, is important to stay healthy. Families can add the use of a timer or a 2-minute children’s video to make toothbrushing more fun. See the end of this blog for some videos we recommend!
- Help children eat healthy foods by offering fruit and vegetables every day. It is a good idea to try to have some set meals times and snack times to avoid kids (and adults) grazing all day.
- Encourage kids to drink water and avoid sugary beverages.
- Set time limits for screens. For those children doing school work, schedule in break time to alternate with periods of focus. For younger children, quiet activities like looking at books, playing with modeling clay, building with Legos and coloring can be relaxing.
- Spend time each day in nature and encourage physical movement. With stay-at-home orders, it is still permitted to go outside for exercise (while maintaining social distancing). Walking is great exercise, but even more importantly, time in nature and sunlight aid in well-being.
Here are some helpful videos to share with your children to build good oral health habits: