Posted on 5/3/2020 by Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry
Ah, May. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways… Well, first, it’s Spring! Here in the Gallatin Valley, that’s a big deal. This year, especially, it’s been hard-won. Two, it may be trite, but it’s got to be said – May flowers. And, last but not least, May is Family Wellness Month.
Why Now? The first of the New Year isn’t the only time to commit to new resolutions. Spring is the embodiment of new. This is the time Mother Nature is shaking out her stiff, twiggy fingers and sprouting new growth. This is when furry and feathered babies draw their first breaths and start a new life. What better time to look at strengthening family bonds by examining health and wellness?
Focus on Family The first part of Family Wellness Month is family. Now is a good time to take a close look at your lifestyle. Make sure there is time built into your busy schedules for family. One way to do that is by eating at least one meal per day together. It doesn’t have to be dinner. Maybe you can get up half an hour earlier for breakfast and make that your “together meal.” Dinner might work some days and breakfast other days, but this is a good time to interact as a family and share what’s going on with each other.
You’ve heard the adage, “A family that plays together stays together.” Plan activities you can do as a family group. These don’t have to be limited to vacations. Make use of all the trails we have available to use for hiking and biking. Plan some one-on-one time, each parent with each child. Let them know how important they are as individuals. It’s a good way to promote dialog and find out what’s really going on with them.
Focus on Wellness The second part of Family Wellness Month is wellness. Is everyone drinking enough water, or is the family’s main source of liquid carbonated? According to Colgate®, “Soft drinks have emerged as one of the most significant dietary sources of tooth decay, affecting people of all ages.” The American Dental Association (ADA) encourages you to drink fluoridated water.
This is a good time to reinforce healthy habits. Are you and the kids brushing for two minutes twice per day, with an ADA-approved toothpaste, and flossing? Taking care of teeth and gums is the most basic of ways you can ensure good oral health.
Decide, as a family, ways you can eat healthier. A good way to encourage healthier eating is by cooking together. Let family members choose one meal per week and help prepare it. Younger family members can assemble ingredients, measure and stir. Teenagers may want to do it all by themselves.