It’s a well-known fact that the bond between a mother and a child is foundational and unshakable in many ways. As we here at Finney Family Dentistry round the calendar year to June, we turn our attention to the dads of the world and the enormous influence over children’s lives as well. These influences might not show up in ways we’d imagine.

For example, did you know that according to a recent study, fathers play a critical role in thier childs development of oral health routines. And the infulence over healthy choices doesn’t end there, did you know that children tend to copy what their father eats more than they copy their mother. Are you a dad who eats tons of junk food? Let this be the motivation you need to adopt healthier eating habits, and perhaps change the lifestyle habits of your child for a lifetime.

Parenting is a huge responsibility, it’s true. There are sacrifices and struggles for both parents in myriad ways. Increasingly though, studies show that some of the best ways that dads can be a positive influence on their child’s health overall are to simply take better care of themselves. Lead by example. Eat well. Brush and floss regularly. Stay active. Your influence affects more of your child’s future than you know. Making good choices for yourself will help your kids make good choices in the years to come. You can start by calling Finney Family Dentistry and scheduling your children’s appointments! Plan on joining them! And happy Father’s Day!

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