How to Get Your Kids Excited for a New Year with New Resolutions

family dentistryAs a family, it can be fun to come up with a list of joint New Year’s resolutions that will help to make your family more unified and your goals easier to complete— after all, when you have a whole group of people relying on you, then it’s easier to stick with your resolutions. This year, make your family resolutions a little more health based and get your kids excited about these oral health resolutions.

  1. Brushing Without Asking

One of the best resolutions you can make for the little ones in your family is to have them brush their teeth without you having to ask. Each time they brush their teeth on their own— before bed or school in the morning— they get a sticker they can add to a chart. Once they receive a certain amount of stickers, they are eligible for a prize or a yummy treat.

  1. Avoiding Candy

This one might be a hard one to swing for little kids, but if your whole family challenges each other to avoid candy as much as possible, then you are more likely to succeed at completing this resolution. Because candy— especially taffy and caramels— are known to adhere to your teeth and cause cavities, one of the best ways to stay a cavity free family this year is to avoid these types of candy, or all candy in general. If one of your kid really wants a piece of candy, let them know that as a team it’s important to stick to your goals and support each other.

  1. Avoiding Sugary Drinks

Sodas, sports drinks, and even fruit juices are ridden with sugar that can cause plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. As another family based resolution, encourage everyone in your family to drink milk or water instead of these sugar filled drinks. As the best way to ensure that people in your family are serious about this goal, rid your refrigerator of any sugary drinks that might be tempting for you, your spouse, or your kids to snack on when nobody’s looking.

To learn more about healthy dental practices or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today and one of our professionals will gladly assist you.

 

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