Each June we celebrate Father’s and the important influence they have on their children’s health. A famous quote sums it up nicely:
“Dad. A daughter’s first love, a son’s first hero.” author unknown
It is no wonder that Dads play such an important role in shaping their child’s lifestyle, for the good and sometimes not so good.
Studies have proven that children are watching and what we do as fathers are much more impactful than what we say.
A recent study found that what children see their fathers eat plays out in their children’s diet. Experts found this to be true when eating in the home and when eating out. If a father consumes large amounts of sweets, often their children will follow suite.
Fathers also play an important role when it comes to developing their children’s oral health habits. Experts have determined that your children are watching their Dads take care of their smiles!
Certainly empowering news for those that are setting a good example but troubling for those that are not. A recent study found that men are less likely to brush and floss daily and that many delay dental care until there is a problem, skipping those critical dental check-ups and preventive measures.
If this sounds like you make June the month that you improve your own health and begin to set the example that will carry into your children’s lives both now and in the futures. Eating a healthy diet, exercising and letting your child see you taking care of your smile, brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and visiting the dentist a minimum of twice a year. Again, whether we realize it or not our children are watching!
Haring Pediatric Dental would like to wish all the Fathers, Grandfathers and important male role models for helping to shape our children into caring and healthy individuals, and never forget what you do in your life will certainly help to mold theirs.