Maintaining good oral care for kids during the holidays can be tough enough with the bombardment of sugary sweets all season. The Holidays are full of food and drinks packed with sugar and calories, which can be bad for the kid’s oral health. However, pediatric dentists encourage parents to follow these helpful tips for kid’s healthy teeth.
Each year Americans spend nearly $9 billion on candy and much of that candy ends up on the teeth of the 41 million children ages 5 – 14 across the U.S. When it comes to keeping children’s teeth healthy, not all treats are created equal.
Sweet and sugary food and drinks activate the naturally-occurring bacteria that live in our mouths. These bacteria feed off the sugar and produce the acids that harm teeth. Instead of weighing down the Christmas table with cookies, candy and other Christmas favorites, balance it out by providing alternatives. Make sure there’s a veggie tray with crunchy carrots, celery and broccoli. The natural crunch can help clean teeth in between sugar cookies.
Christmas is traditionally a break for children and adults from school and other commitments. While this is a great time to relax, too much down time can mean overindulging in sweets. Engage family members and friends in games or toys received during the holiday. Offer sugar-free chewing gum while they play to keep both mouths and hands busy!
Dr. Anna Kalmanovich is a pediatric dentist in the Acton, MA area who specializes in providing the best treatment available in a comfortable and caring environment. For more information or to make a dentist appointment for your child, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.