Saturday, December 13, 2014

Family Values

Parents transmit their own dental hygiene values (good or bad) to their children from the time they are born.

A study by members of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry shows how certain Hispanic and Native American populations have high numbers of very young babies and children with cavities. The parents put their babies to sleep with a bottle and allow the young children to drink sodas and high-sugar drinks. Interestingly, these parents had been educated about decay prevention and the dangers of all-night bottle feeding and sugar sweetened drinks, but continued to do it.

Over time, each generation of children may grow up to believe that cavities are an inevitable part of childhood and neglect their own children’s oral hygiene.

Being good role models for children is so important. Children learn about cavity prevention in school, but it needs to be practiced at home.

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