TO KEEP YOUR KIDS SMILING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS AND INTO THE NEW YEAR
The holiday season is always a busy time—especially for families. With kids out of school, a steady stream of festivities and a new year to plan for, the rhythm of everyday life gets put on hold. And sometimes that means good oral health routines and habits go out the window too.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) wants to remind parents and caregivers that the holiday break is a great time to help your kids establish and maintain healthy dental habits. This includes good brushing, flossing and eating habits that are essential for healthy teeth.
TOOTH DECAY IS LARGELY PREVENTABLE.
ESSENTIAL STEPS TO PREVENTION:
DIET IS FOUNDATION
FOR A CHILD’S OVERALL HEALTH AND WELLBEING AND IS ALSO VITAL TO THEIR ORAL HEALTH. FACTS & TIPS FOR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS TO KEEP IN MIND:
- Sugary candy, food and drinks are part of the holidays. With this, the risk of cavities and poor dental health also increases. Parents should try to moderate sugar intake, and WATCH OUT FOR CARBONATED DRINKS, which actually erode teeth more than sweetened drinks.
- Keep an eye on snacking — ideally children should have NO MORE THAN THREE SNACK TIMES a day.
- COOKED STARCHES CAN LEAD TO CAVITIES just as sugars can. In fact, cooked starches such as breads, crackers, pasta, pretzels and potato chips frequently take longer to clear the mouth than sugars.
- LIMIT SUGAR INTAKE by checking labels and buying sugar-free varieties of food options, if available.
- CHEESES such as aged cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella and Monterey jack are great as a snack or to eat after a meal because they clear the mouth of food and neutralize the acids that attack teeth.
For more information or to locate a pediatric dentist, resources are available on the AAPD consumer website at WWW.MYCHILDRENSTEETH.ORG.