How to Keep My Child's Teeth Healthy During the Holidays?
One of the most challenging tasks you endure while raising a toddler is to prevent them from overdosing on sugar. From candies to sodas, kids love to munch on everything that contains an unhealthy amount of sugar. In addition, the abundance of sugar-filled treats during the holiday season means overindulgence.
The question to answer here is about keeping your young ones from throwing a never-ending party for the bacteria in their mouth? Read on to find out.
Caring for Your Child's Teeth During the Holiday Season
While it may seem difficult, it isn't impossible to care for your child's teeth during the holiday season. There are a few small steps you can take to minimize the damage their teeth are likely to sustain due to all the sugar.
Make sure your kiddos brush their teeth twice a day and floss before going to bed. While this needs to be followed all year round, it should especially be a top priority during the holiday season.
Allow them to indulge in moderation. If you prevent them from eating sugar entirely, your children may find a way to gobble up candy behind your back. However, allowing them a moderate amount of sweet treats will prevent them from indulging too much.
Balance the indulgence with healthy food. Try to include fresh vegetables and fruits, lean protein, whole grains, and dairy products (if they're not lactose intolerant) in your child's diet to counter the adverse side effects of consuming sugar. Also, make sure to include teeth-friendly foods like cheese, yogurt, leafy green vegetables, carrots, fatty fish, apples, etc., in their diet.
Also, make sure to take your child for regular dental appointments to catch oral issues early on. This way, you can give them some sweet treats here and there without feeling guilty about it.
At Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry, we know that each child is different and may require unique care. We’re proud to be able to work with a variety of different kids in ways that work best for them and make them feel comfortable. Many of our patients are excited to visit their friends here at the office for their regular dental cleanings and checkups! Read More...
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