This holiday season, there’s a chance that your kids will be wanting to eat all of the festive sweets available at the many family parties you’ll have to attend. While it’s okay for them to indulge just a bit this time of year, it’s important to make sure you’re doing what you can to keep your child’s teeth healthy.
There are a few things you can do to keep your child’s teeth healthy while they’re on holiday break and ready to enjoy a plethora of delicious treats. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Limit Their Sugar Intake
Even though it’s the season for candy canes and caramel chews, they’re actually the worst things you can give your child. Hard candies are the major culprits for damaged teeth, and the excessive amount of sugar doesn’t do much good, either. If your child does eat candies during the holidays, or if they’re going to be drinking many sugary drinks, make sure that they brush their teeth and rinse their mouths out afterward.
Break the Rules
Holiday desserts can be delicious, but as we mentioned above, they can also be harmful to your little one’s teeth. If you incorporate these sweets into your child’s meal rather than saving it until after dinner, you’re helping to displace the amount of sugar as it’s being mixed with healthier foods. The meal will also help neutralize any acids created by the sugar. Plus, your kids will love “breaking the rules” and eating dessert before finishing their dinner.
Take Your Child in for a Dentist Visit
The kids are off from school, so it’s the perfect time to get your little one in for a childrens dentist visit. However, it’s important to call and schedule the dentist visit as soon as possible, as all children will have off during this time and will most likely plan to get into the dentist office. According to the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental-related illnesses. Getting your child in for their appointment with their dental pediatrician for dental work over break will help prevent them from missing school, as they will have everything taken care of while they’re on vacation.
Making sure that your child maintains their dental health is just as important as making sure they have a great holiday. By following the steps above, you will ensure that your child keeps up with their healthy teeth, even with all the festive treats and sweets available.