Holidays are a fun time to celebrate traditions and eat a lot more sugar and sweets than we usually would. We just need to be aware of how best to help children when they have a great bunch of sweets in front of them all at once. Here are a few pointers that may help:
–Remove sticky chewy candy from the treat bag. Sweets that melt easy such as chocolate are better for teeth than sticky ones. Dissolvable sweets are easily washed away with saliva, whereas chewy ones stick to teeth and can cause plaque build-up and decay.
–Pick candy-eating times. Believe-it-or-not it is better to eat candy all at one time than to consume it slowly over a period of time. Sweet grazing throughout the day means that teeth are continually exposed to sugar.
-Increase your oral care regime. After a holiday or special season, you may want to consider upping the teeth-brushing and flossing habits whilst candy is in the house. You can also try a mouthwash for a few days. Drink lots of water to keep mouth flushed and try some extra munching fruit and vegetables like carrots, celery or apples.
–Schedule cleanings after holidays. It is a good idea to have teeth cleaned after the holidays when more sugar is consumed and less attention is payed to proper brushing and flossing. We can then assess any problems and solve them before any damage is done.
If you have any question or concerns about your child’s teeth, please do not hesitate to contact us. It is better to be safe than sorry as most teeth issues are solvable if we can deal with them early on before they become problems.