What a wonderful time of the year, the holidays. This time of the year goes by fast with gift shopping, decorating, and gatherings. With all these festivities, sweets and treats are sure to be around! Here are some ways to keep your children’s teeth healthy while enjoying some goodies this holiday season.
1. Have your child enjoy their candy with a meal. The other foods in the meal stimulate saliva which help neutralize the sugars and acids from the candy. If the treat is not at meal time, pair the sweet treat with cheese or fruit, then follow up with some water to help wash the sugars off their teeth.
3. Keep a water bottle handy at all times for your child. Not only is it great to drink water after sweets to help wash the sugar particles off their teeth, it will keep your child hydrated!
4. If you are treating your child to candy, have your child rinse with some water then brush their teeth immediately after eating to remove the sugars and bacteria. However, if your child had acidic candies, fruit, or fruit juice, wait 30 minutes to brush their teeth since brushing immediately can cause damage to enamel.
5. With so many activities and festivities, try to maintain a regular oral hygiene routine. Have your child brush two times a day for two minutes each time and floss once a day. Using a toothpaste with fluoride helps to protect teeth from cavities from the extra sugar.
Definitely savor the treats, but try to focus on the memories you are creating for you and your family. Enjoy all the activities this time of the year provides, like admiring neighborhood decorations, singing holiday jingles, and spending quality time together.
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