‘Tis the season for enjoying candy canes and gingerbread men.
Unfortunately, one of the worst offenders when it comes to pediatric dental health is sugar.
Why? Naturally occurring bacteria in your child’s mouth feed on this sugar and create an acid byproduct. Eventually, that acid can lead to tooth decay and cause cavities.
But, there are ways to still enjoy the holiday without causing future dental problems. Here are three tips for all parents to consider.
Limit Candy and Soda Consumption
An easy way to help keep your kids’ teeth healthy during the holidays is to simply avoid sugar altogether. This includes obvious things like candy, chocolate, and sodas, but even some juices and sports drinks have a high sugar content. Opt for alternative snacks like cheese sticks, vegetables, and other healthy treats.
If You Must… Brush After Eating Sweet Treats
Of course, it isn’t always possible to avoid sweets during the season. Make sure your kids brush after eating cookies, cake, candy, or other goodies. If a toothbrush isn’t handy, rinsing with water can help wash away any residual sugar that is stuck to their teeth and limit the problem.
Make Tooth Brushing Extra Fun
If getting your kids to brush their teeth is difficult, make it fun. Sugarless gun, brand new toothbrushes, or a fun bathroom cup make excellent stocking stuffers. In fact, many retailers offer sets with your child’s favorite cartoon characters to give them extra incentive to brush twice a day.
Take Advantage of the Time Off School
As an extra tip, consider making a dentist visit over the holiday break from school. This is a great time to get the whole family in for a check-up without having to disrupt your child’s perfect attendance record. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.