7 Tips to Protect Kids’ Health

Young FamilyWays to Protect Teeth & Overall Health

Take these seven steps to achieve greater safety and fend off some of the most common childhood mishaps!

  1. Prevent decay with fluoride. If your family drinks only bottled or filtered water, you may be getting less fluoride than the recommended amount; ask about fluoridation treatments!
  2. Mouthguards for athletes. It’s important to always wear a mouthguard whenever there’s potential for trauma, but a poorly fitting mouthguard can also lead to teeth and jaw problems. The best are custom made by your dentist for protection and comfort.
  3. Use sunscreen. Sunlight can be beneficial for creating Vitamin D, but experts warn there is no safe level of tanning since the sun is also the cause of most melanomas. Sunscreen reduces this risk and should be used whenever you plan to be in the sun for extended periods.
  4. Vaccinate. Infant immunizations have reduced many once-common diseases to virtual extinction. Protect your family against measles, mumps, rubella, and chicken pox.
  5. Avoid head injuries. The best helmet is comfortable, adjustable, and looks so cool it’ll be worn everywhere.
  6. Early orthodontic exams. Buck teeth, crowded teeth, and overbites are best treated before the adult teeth come in. Often times, treatment is shorter and less intensive when started early!
  7. Buckle ’em up. Children are safest in the back center seat, in seats designed for their size.

About Dr. Sean Moran

Dr. Moran is a San Francisco native. He received his undergraduate degree at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He also received his DDS degree from Creighton University School of Dentistry in 1988 at which time he began practicing general dentistry in San Francisco.

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