Many of us are staying at home with our families during the current crisis. While this is a difficult time for everyone, it can also offer the opportunity for families to cook more at home and eat meals together. You can use this time to create or maintain healthy eating habits as well as good oral health habits. Our orthodontist near Flossmoor, IL, offers some tips for healthy eating and practicing good dental hygiene for kids at home.
Healthy Eating Tips
Being home most of the time means having constant access to the kitchen, which may tempt you to eat more (especially junk food). To avoid overeating, make a schedule, and plan your meals ahead of time. An easy way to maintain a schedule is weekly meal prep: cook a large batch of healthy food at the beginning of the week, portion it into smaller containers, and eat those throughout the week. Some other tips for healthy eating:
- Incorporate fruits and vegetables into every meal
- Limit sugar; while it may be tempting to eat more treats when at home, reducing them helps prevent cavities and promotes healthy eating habits for kids
- Try new recipes with a focus on whole grains and fresh ingredients
To keep snacking in check, keep healthy foods on hand (braces-friendly, if your children have braces) such as:
- Soft cheeses
- Hummus and pita bread
- Steamed vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower
Practice Good Oral Health
If your schedule has slowed down as you stay inside, it should be easier to keep up on good oral hygiene. If your child has had difficulty staying on top of flossing, brushing, and using mouthwash in the past, take time to help them practice extra oral health care during these times. It’s a great way to get in the habit of self-care as well as prevent gum disease and cavities.
Contact Our Orthodontist near Flossmoor, IL, For More Information
To get in contact with our friendly team at Grant Orthodontics, call us at 708-221-8256 for our Homewood office!