Posted On: September 8, 2023 by Dr. Saro Babian
Imagine a society where every child has a radiant smile that not only reflects good dental health but also lays the foundation for lifelong wellbeing. At Hollywood family Dental Care, we believe that a child’s readiness to learn starts with their health. And guess what? You, the fantastic parents, take the lead role in this adventure! You’re laying the foundation for your child’s success by taking an active part in their dental health.
Every great oral health tale has a beginning, just like a Hollywood blockbuster. Every morning and before night, brush your child’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste to set them up for a lifetime of good habits. In the same way that superheroes have their dependable sidekicks, parents can act as models for making healthy decisions. The young ones are more likely to carry those tastes into adulthood when you feed them tooth-friendly foods and snacks, such as yogurt parfaits and the best granola bars from Hollywood. And here’s a plot twist: regular, absolutely painless dental check-ups with your child in the leading role can lead to a sequel of good oral care choices in the future.
Early dental care is important because children set the stage for lifetime oral health. Kids need to develop good dental practices if they want to avoid the common enemy of tooth decay. Sugars from foods and beverages combine with the bacterial team in dental plaque to cause this covert decay. What happened? Acid production damages teeth and causes microscopic cavities.
Detecting tooth decay is like solving a puzzle: yellow, brown, or black spots on teeth are telltale signs. Kids might also raise alarms about toothaches, especially during munch-time. While we can thwart tooth decay, it still wiggles its way into young lives. The 2022 Office for Health Improvement and Disparities’ oral health survey for 5-year-olds and the 2020 Public Health England’s survey for 3-year-olds revealed some jaw-dropping stats:
These findings are a rallying cry for action. But the struggle doesn’t end there. Removing decayed teeth is the top reason behind surgeries under general anesthesia for kids aged 6 to 10.
In the U.S., the dental battle rages on too. Shockingly, 17 million children miss out on dental care annually. Dental issues swallow up 51 million school hours, and a staggering 43% of Americans lack dental insurance.
Let’s face it: oral health is a priority. By helping our young stars cultivate robust oral habits, we can shine a spotlight on healthy smiles that light up their futures.
In the world of Hollywood, it’s important to keep an eye on the sugars children consume. Limiting their intake and frequency of sugary foods and drinks in your setting can be a real hero move against tooth decay.
Free sugars include any added sugars, whether by a chef, manufacturer, or even the little ones themselves. These sugars lurk in items such as:
-Sweet treats like cakes, cookies, and chocolates
-Processed foods like some sauces, jams, and cereals
-Certain flavored yogurts
-Even natural goodies like honey, syrups, fruit juices, and purees
However, some saviors remain sugar-free:
-Whole fruits and vegetables
-Plain milk and yogurt
When it comes to beverages, water and milk are your best allies for oral health. Be cautious with fruit juices and smoothies, as they shouldn’t be a part of a young star’s daily routine. To further shield those smiles, offer sugary foods and drinks only during mealtimes. The less frequent their teeth face off with sugar, the better their defense against tooth decay. Also, steer clear of bedtime sugary indulgences.
In Hollywood, even what children drink from can make an impact on their oral health.
For the youngest ones, opt for bottles filled with breast milk, formula, or cooled boiled water.
Once they hit 6 months, introduce open-top cups. These spill-proof cups aid in developing sipping skills. It’s like a workout for their facial muscles, honing their biting, chewing, and talking talents.
As you venture into open-top cup territory, start with smaller cups or those with handles. Gradually increase their water intake over time.
You might need to give a little tutorial on cup handling, especially for the tiniest tots. Some might transition to sippy cups with a spout before mastering open-top cups. If that’s the case, choose a spout without a valve, allowing drinks to flow freely without excessive sucking.
By the time they’re 12 months old, encourage open-top cup usage for all drinks. Avoid bottles or cups that demand sucking, like those with soft teats or valves.
Bonus tip: For a visual guide on transitioning from bottles to cups, check out the NHS video in the useful resources section.
As time goes on, and life’s scenes unfold, there might come a moment when individuals need to choose dental implants to restore their smiles. This decision, akin to a pivotal scene in a Hollywood film, holds the power to transform their dental narrative. Just as a skilled director ensures every shot aligns with the story’s essence, selecting dental implants can seamlessly harmonize with one’s oral health journey.
Speaking of Hollywood’s dental scene, the spotlight is on Hollywood Family Dental Care. With a reputation for top-tier care, they’re your go-to for healthy, stunning smiles. Their commitment to dental well-being shines just as brightly as the stars on Hollywood Boulevard.
Share Your Story: Let’s talk! Share your child’s dental experiences with us. We can help if you have any worries or inquiries. We can refine your child’s dental health plan together, because every great script goes through some editing.
Lights, Camera, Brush!:show us your brushing routine. We’re all ears (and toothbrushes)! Whether it’s morning or night, let’s see how you work the magic. We’ll add in some Hollywood tips if needed.
Snack Time, Hollywood Style: Recipes for Healthy Snacks to unleash your culinary creativity. Think of berry parfaits that even A-listers would adore or avocado toast with a Hollywood twist.
Lead by Example: You’re the superstar your child looks up to. If they see you rocking the fluoride toothpaste and noshing on tooth-healthy treats, they’ll be more than ready to follow your lead.
We’ve got some Hollywood magic up our sleeves to make this journey even more exciting:
Partnership Power: Join forces! Check out the resource from the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement in Hollywood. It is brimming with resources that will enable us to forge a successful alliance.
Motivating Energy: Have you ever used a motivating interview? We’ll listen to you and offer goal-setting assistance. We’ll write a script together that is entirely focused on your family’s dental health success.
Case Magic: Do you need a little extra help? You can get assistance from our health managers and family service coordinators in locating the top oral healthcare providers. As if you had your very own Hollywood agency!
Oral Health Wisdom: Information is empowering, and the New Jersey Head Start Association has provided us with the whole toolset. It is jam-packed with tactics to increase your self-assurance when speaking with dental professionals and learning the finer points of healthy oral hygiene for your child.
So, let’s write this Hollywood script together—one smile, one tooth, and one healthy choice at a time. Your child’s oral health adventure starts now, and you’re the shining star in this blockbuster tale!
Book an appointment today at Famous Hollywood Dental Care. Let our experts guide you through the journey of dental care, making each moment as star-studded as the Hollywood skyline. Your child deserves the best, and we’re here to make sure their smiles shine as brightly as their dreams. Embrace the magic of Hollywood Dental Care today!
Dr. Saro Babian, DMD, graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 2014. With a year of advanced residency, he established his practice in Los Angeles in 2015. Specializing in functionally-driven esthetic dentistry, Dr. Babian combines expertise with compassion. Beyond dentistry, he's active in the Armenian community, a Lakers fan, cryptocurrency enthusiast, and loves artistic photography. Experience comprehensive dental care with Dr. Saro Babian.
Location: Hollywood, Los Angeles
Areas of Expertise: Functionally-Driven Esthetic Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry
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