Dessert season has arrived! The holidays are enjoyable for a lot of reasons, including the decorations, family time, and, of course, the food! During these weeks, you can’t help but be assaulted with cookies, candies, and a myriad of other delectable treats. Unfortunately, this applies to your children as well. Your children will very definitely come into contact with candy canes, Christmas cookies, or other sweet treats between school, family parties, and other holiday activities. This Christmas season, West U Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics wants to remind you to keep their little faces protected!
With the Christmas season approaching, keep these basic dental tips in mind to keep your children’s teeth free of plaque, buildup, and cavities!
Don’t overlook dessert.
It may appear too good to be true – but it isn’t! According to Colgate, dessert should be included in the meal. Rather of serving dessert last or separately, pairing a sugary dessert with other healthy foods will help remove sugar from their teeth. As an added bonus, those nutritious meals will aid to neutralize the acids created by sugar consumption!
Reduce your sweets consumption.
It may be time-consuming to keep track of your child’s candy consumption, but it is crucial for their oral health. Hard candy, such as the seasonal candy cane, is sucked on and in the mouth for a long time, offering the greatest risk to the teeth. Remember, moderation is the key! Remind your children what can happen to their teeth if they eat too much candy or biscuits. You don’t have to be a downer, but warning them may help them curb their sweet tooth.
Tearing should not be done with one’s teeth.
Nothing beats the excitement of unwrapping gifts over the holidays! When your children are tearing into their gifts beneath the tree, they may be tempted to open packages with their teeth rather than waiting for you to help them with scissors or a knife. Keep an eye on your children as they open their gifts and remind them not to use their teeth!
Remember to brush your teeth.
It is vital not to overlook routine oral hygiene during the holiday season! After a long night of looking at Christmas lights and sipping hot cocoa, make sure your child brushes and flosses their teeth before going to bed.
Maintain a regular cleaning schedule.
Winter break is an excellent time to schedule a dental cleaning and checkup for your children. Examine your calendar to choose the optimum time for your child to visit the dentist before returning to school.
Give the gift of good dental health.
The holidays are an excellent opportunity to make dental hygiene fun! If you’re looking for great stocking stuffer ideas, put fun toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss in your children’s stockings. Brushes and toothpaste emblazoned with your child’s favorite cartoon or movie character are readily available at your local supermarket or online!