Stroll into any location where you’ll find children and you’re likely to observe numerous kiddies doing one thing: sucking their thumb. Interestingly, babies actually discover their thumbs in the womb.
So, why do kids suck their thumbs? For those little munchkins, it’s widely thought thumb sucking is both comforting and calming. Some children even suck on just the one finger during the most stressful of times.
While it’s unlikely this bad habit will harm baby teeth, the real concern revolves around the alignment of permanent teeth which start breaking through at about 6 years of age. Once baby teeth are gone, any potential damage is greater and in certain situations, may involve an orthodontist.
Fussy eaters and kids: the two tend to go hand-in-hand. According to the Better Health Channel, approximately half of all toddlers fit this description. Additionally, a staggering 8 out of 10 Aussie parents are concerned about their child’s eating habits. In other words, if you’re a parent, meal times can be a real source of stress.
Establishing a healthier food diet for your kids is easier said than done but it is important for a range of health factors. A question we’re often asked by parents is: how does my child’s poor diet impact their oral health?
A new documentary is causing quite the stir and for good reasons too! That Sugar Film sees filmmaker Damon Gameau document a 60-day experiment where he consumes the same amount of sugar as the average Aussie. That’s 40 teaspoons a day.
Gameau claimed the amount of sugar in his diet was the only thing that changed: the amount of energy itself didn’t. The documentary’s primary aim is to highlight the ‘hidden’ sugars found in everyday foods.
Here’s a question for you: what would you do if you saw someone throw 10 teaspoons of sugar into their coffee? You’d have a pretty crazy look on your face, wouldn’t you?
If you’re a parent, there’s no disputing that you have a massive part to play in terms of establishing healthy habits as part of your family’s lifestyle.
Healthy eating, healthy activities and so on… We all know about the more obvious things that tend to make up this list but have you put much thought into your kids’ oral health and habits?
We’ve put together a list of ways you can make an early start on taking care of your child’s dental needs early on.