Holiday Dental Hygiene Tips for Kids
There’s a lot to love about December. The leaves have fallen and the cold has set in (seemingly for good). You’ll probably stock up on hot chocolate and prepare to bake anything and everything – it’s just that time of year.
While we love cookies and candies, we aren’t about to ignore how these sweet treats and drinks can affect your kid’s oral health. See how you can keep everyone’s teeth healthy and looking good this holiday season!
Brush and Floss Regularly
You don’t have to go too crazy here! We’re not asking you to tell your kids to brush their teeth after every meal. Just be more vigilant in making sure they brush at least twice a day, and possibly more if meals include soda, hot chocolate, or sweet treats.
We know you won’t always be able to keep your kids from an extra cookie or two, but you can encourage extra oral hygiene.
Make Healthier Snacks
You won’t have to limit snacks and baked goods as much with simple modifications. For example, substituting most baked goods with whole wheat is a simple process. This doesn’t change flavor as much as you would think, especially in chocolate baked goods! In addition, consider the following:
- Look for ways to include fruit in your snacks and treats.
- Flavor your own popcorn. Cut back on the butter and use canola oil as a substitute.
- Be a good role model and don’t eat anything you wouldn’t feed your kids.
- Involve your kids when grocery shopping.
- Cook at home more than going out for fast food.
- Find more healthy and easy holiday recipes.
Drink Lots of Water
Water is essential to your overall health, but it also provides important protections to your teeth. Water washes away the remaining food and fluoride helps fight cavities. Especially after eating lots of sugar or consuming soda, make sure your kids (and you, for that matter) drink a glass of water. Use these tips to make drinking water more fun!
Set a Routine
Just like you would normally do during any day, week, or month, it’s important to set a good routine during the holidays. With kids out of school, bedtime can be pushed back and disrupt the normal routine of life.
Make a plan for holiday break and stick to it. If you’re going away for the holidays, don’t forget to pack toothbrushes, floss, and mouthwash. It doesn’t hurt to add a fun toothbrush to their stocking as well! Children celebrate Christmas around the world in many different ways, but a new toothbrush is a stocking staple we’re especially fond of.
Come Visit Us!
We’re open all year round, and the holiday season is the best time to visit the dentist. We’ll help you make an appointment that fits in with your busy work and travel schedule.
Need something to do while you wait for your appointment? Get in the holiday spirit and read about the myth of Santa Claus! Contact us if you have any questions about your upcoming appointments, and have a happy holiday season!