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Healthy habits for kids amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

February is National Children's Dental Health Month! The U.S. Department of Human Health & Human Services posted the following information to encourage a healthy diet and good oral hygiene among children, especially amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. 
Below are some simple tips for parents: 

Eating Healthy Foods and Drinks

  • Serve your child healthy foods that are low in natural and added sugar.
  • Serve milk or tap (faucet) water with meals and snacks.
  • Give your child a variety of healthy snacks, such as cheese and crackers, at scheduled times during the day.
  • Give your child tap water several times a day.
  • Avoid serving drinks that are high in natural or added sugar, such as fruit juice, fruit drinks, and pop/soda.

Practicing Good Oral Hygiene Habits

  • Brush your child’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day.
    • For children under age 3, use a rice-size amount of fluoride toothpaste.
    • For children ages 3 to 6, use a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste.
  • After toothbrushing, rinse the brush and store it upright in a holder to air dry. Do not let toothbrushes touch each other.
  • Do not share toothbrushes. Sharing toothbrushes can transfer disease-causing germs from one person to another.
  • If anyone in the family is sick, keep their toothbrush away from everyone else’s toothbrushes. Replace the toothbrush after the family member is better.