February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

When making important decisions about your children’s health and well-being, don’t forget about their teeth and gums. Compared to kids with poor oral health, children who establish good oral hygiene habits at a young age are more likely to continue excellent brushing and flossing as adults, experience far fewer dental problems throughout life, maintain a positive self-image, and perform better in school. As a parent, you play a vital role in helping kids establish proper dental care — and smiles — that last a lifetime.

Early dental care prevents dental diseases.

Developing good oral hygiene is also the first line of defense against many common dental issues, such as plaque, gum disease and cavities. Studies show that dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in the U.S., and left untreated, may lead to pain and infection that cause problems with speaking, eating and overall health.

Teach children the importance of good oral hygiene.

The good news is that cavities are almost completely preventable with regular visits to the dentist and consistent dental care at home. Parents can help their children maintain healthy teeth and gums by encouraging the following habits:

  • Begin good oral health habits as soon as your baby’s teeth are visible. Start by using a washcloth to gently clean your children’s teeth and gums.
  • Teach your children to brush all surfaces of their teeth for two minutes, twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Assist your children until they are able to brush by themselves.
  • Floss between your children’s teeth and along the gum line to remove trapped food and plaque that lead to gingivitis and decay.
  • Make oral hygiene fun by letting your children choose their kid-friendly toothbrush and toothpaste in their favorite color, character, or flavor.
  • Sing a song or play a video while brushing to make time pass quickly and to ensure your children are brushing for the full two minutes.
  • Encourage your children to brush their teeth immediately after drinking juice or eating candy to prevent decay.
  • Avoid giving children too many sugary foods and drinks, especially between meals, which promote decay and cause enamel damage.
  • Increase water intake throughout the day to help neutralize the acids that cause cavities.

Establish a healthy relationship with your child’s dentist.

Finally, one of the most important ways to maintain a healthy smile for your children is to schedule regular checkups with their dentist. Choose a dentist who understands the unique development of children’s smiles and specializes in dentistry for kids — from infancy through adolescence. Following a thorough cleaning and evaluation, your child’s dentist can discuss cleaning techniques for keeping your kid’s teeth cavity-free, as well as answer any questions concerning your child’s oral health.

For additional information on A Healthy Mouth for Your Baby visit the following website:

https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/ToothDecay/AHealthyMouthforYourBaby.htm

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Healthy Recipes

WEEK 5 Nutrition Recipes
Oven Fried Parmesan Chicken Tenders {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2015/07/oven-friend-parmesan-chicken-tenders-freezer-meal/

Mac and Cheese with Sneaky Sweet Potato {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2012/03/a-healthy-better-mac-and-cheese/

Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2015/03/slow-cooker-balsamic-shredded-beef/

Cheesy Chicken Casserole: Real Food Meets Reality {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2014/11/cheesy-chicken-casserole-real-food-meets-reality/

Tomato Bisque Recipe (Panera Bread Fake-Out) {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2013/01/tomato-bisque-recipe-panera-bread-fake-out/

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Sliders {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2014/12/slow-cooker-chicken-parmesan-sliders-perfect-weeknight-meal/

Make Ahead Smoothies
https://bakedbree.com/make-ahead-smoothies

Double Chocolate Zucchini Waffles {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2012/07/a-sneaky-chocolate-waffle-recipe/

WEEK 4 Nutrition Recipes 

Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves {Freezer Meal}

https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2016/07/mini-turkey-and-veggie-meatloaves/

Friendship Casserole
https://happyhomefairy.com/recipe-friendship-casserole/

Healthy Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole
https://www.wellplated.com/chicken-broccoli-rice-casserole/

Mediterranean Shrimp {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2015/07/mediterranean-shrimp-freezer-meal/

Ham and Cheese Stromboli Recipe
https://happymoneysaver.com/ham-and-cheese-stromboli-recipe/

Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2011/03/meatless-monday-spinach-lasagna-roll-ups/

Mini Chicken Burgers with Herbs {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2011/11/mini-chicken-burgers-with-herbs/

Healthy Applesauce Oat Muffins
https://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/healthy-applesauce-oat-muffins

Farm Fresh Breakfast Quesadillas {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2016/07/farm-fresh-breakfast-quesadillas-freezer-meal/

Week 3 Nutrition Recipes 

Honey Teriyaki Chicken {Freezer Meal}
http://www.plainchicken.com/2014/08/freezer-meal-honey-teriyaki-chicken.html

Hearty Baked Penne Pasta {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2015/06/baked-penne-pasta-freezer-friendly/

Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2015/07/herb-roasted-pork-tenderloin-freezer-meal/

Chicken, Brown Rice, and Veggie Casserole {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2010/01/chicken-and-rice-it-tastes-so-nice/

Broiled Parmesan Tilapia: A Non-Fishy Delishy Recipe {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2012/05/broiled-parmesan-tilapia-a-non-fishy-delishy-recipe/

Mini Italian Burgers {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2014/03/mini-italian-burgers-recipe/

Easy Breakfast Casserole Muffins {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2010/01/easy-breakfast-casserole-muffins/

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2012/08/whole-wheat-pumpkin-pancakes-recipe/

Week 2 Nutrition Recipes

Baked Italian Meatballs {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2015/07/baked-italian-meatballs-freezer-meal/

Parmesan Garlic Pizza Pasta
http://www.plainchicken.com/2014/08/freezer-meal-parmesan-garlic-pizza-pasta.html

Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese Taquitos {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2015/04/slow-cooker-chicken-and-cheese-taquitos/

Make-Ahead Lunch Wraps {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2014/10/make-ahead-lunch-wraps/

Oatmeal Pancake Mix Recipe {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2012/01/oatmeal-pancake-mix/

Brownie Baked Oatmeal Recipe {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2011/02/brownie-baked-oatmeal/

Fried Rice with Sweet Soy Sauce {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2013/04/fried-rice-with-sweet-soy-sauce-updated/

Mini Ham and Cheese Sliders {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2012/01/ham-and-cheese-sliders/

Chicken Parmesan Casserole {Freezer Meal}
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2013/07/chicken-parmesan-casserole-recipe-an-easy-freezer-meal/

 

Week 1 Nutrition Recipes

Baked Beef Ravioli Recipe: An Easy Fake-Out Lasagna 

https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2012/07/baked-beef-ravioli-recipe-an-easy-fake-out-lasagna/

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2013/10/slow-cooker-pulled-pork-recipe/

Sweet Garlic Chicken – Freezer Meal

http://www.plainchicken.com/2014/08/freezer-meal-sweet-garlic-chicken.html

No-Bake Energy Bites (aka Peanut Butter Oatmeal Protein Bars)

https://www.isthisreallymylife.com/2013/03/pinterest-no-bake-energy-bites/

Freezer Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

https://happymoneysaver.com/freezer-cheesy-potatoes-recipe/

Sweet and Savory Salmon

https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2015/07/sweet-and-savory-salmon-freezer-meal/

Easy Homemade Hot Pockets

https://happymoneysaver.com/homemade-hot-pockets-scratch-freezer-friendly/

Peanut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal

https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2014/04/peanut-butter-and-banana-baked-oatmeal/

Cinnamon Whole Grain Power Pancakes

https://pinchofyum.com/cinnamon-whole-grain-power-pancakes/