February marks National Children’s Dental Health Month and this year, the theme is simple – the importance of getting enough water and why it’s crucial for children’s teeth.
Here are some of the reasons why you should make sure water is the number one drink in your child’s diet:
- Children aged 7-18, are only supposed to have one 8 oz. glass of juice per day. Soft drinks are not recommended and sport drinks should only be consumed on special occasions. Instead, fill your child’s water bottle and glass with…water!
- Consuming tap water is essential in helping your child get the amount of fluoride he or she needs for healthy teeth. Many bottled waters, although great for hydration, do not contain enough fluoride for developing teeth.
- Hydration is essential for kids to feel their best and do their best. Dehydration can cause fatigue, the inability to think clearly and cause headaches, among other things. Many school water fountains are currently shut off due to COVID-19, so make sure your child takes a water bottle, filled with water, to school each day to ensure they get the amount of water they need to perform well at school and feel well at home.
- Water helps with digestion. Drinking water before, during and after meals aids the body in breaking down food better.
- Nutrient absorption is at its optimum level when drinking water. Water helps take the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in your food and send them to the rest of your body, where they can yield their benefits.
For more on the benefits of water, visit the American Dental Association’s (ADA) website @ ada.org. The ADA would also like you to remember the following on this National Children’s Dental Health Month:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Clean between your teeth daily.
- Eat a healthy diet that limits sugary beverages and snacks.
- See your dentist regularly for prevention and treatment of oral disease
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