Your child’s face lights up once they see the dessert table on Christmas. Before your child starts running towards the tempting goodies and stuffing their face, beware of the side effects these treats can have on their teeth. Sugary, sticky foods can lead to tooth decay, cavities, and poor oral hygiene in general. Your child can still enjoy holiday treats, but keep these tips in mind to ensure that you don’t end up at the dentist with teeth problems come January.

 

Tip #1

Balance is key Don’t restrict your children from enjoying a cookie or two. But, remind them that they have to enjoy in moderation. Eating a balanced meal will lessen the sugary impact of baked goods on their teeth.

 

Tip #2

Stay clear of sugary/sticky treats – Those sticky dishes will get stuck all around their teeth and they are usually high in sugar. Try to give them foods that dissolve quickly in their mouth, limiting contact with their enamel.

 

Tip #3

Say cheese! – Have your child snack on cheese. Cheese is great for your child’s teeth. It helps return their mouth back to its natural acid balance and reduces the chance of tooth decay. Sugar-free gum has the same effect, but it may not be appropriate at the dinner table.

 

Tip #4

Don’t ditch the routine – With all the festive fun surrounding the holidays, it’s likely to forget about important routines – don’t forget about your child’s oral hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing only takes two minutes, after all! We realize this may not be an easy task for some parents, so we’ve got some tips and tricks if you need help!
Enjoy the holidays and keep these tips in mind while holiday snacking. Remember, if your child has a dental emergency or you need to schedule an appointment, call Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County. We offer a caring and compassionate approach to pediatric dentistry, ensuring our patients are comfortable at all times. To learn more about our practice visit us here, or give us a call at 631-320-0880 to schedule an appointment today!