A Guide to Protecting Children’s Teeth over the Holiday Season
It’s the time that children wait patiently for each year. The beginning of the holiday season brings with it joy and happiness and lasting memories of time spent with family and friends. But, for those with children, it’s the ideal time in which to enforce dietary discipline and protect children’s teeth for the years ahead. Here, we’ll offer our quick guide to protecting children’s teeth during the holiday season.
Teach Children to Clean Teeth One Hour after Eating Candy and Desserts
The majority of the damage caused to children’s teeth during the holiday season takes place after eating sugary treats. Candy and dessert are among the leading causes of cavities. And during the holidays, children tend to consume far more of these sugary delights than they do throughout the year.
This makes the holidays the ideal point to introduce children to the importance of cleaning teeth one hour after eating. This timing will give the child’s natural saliva the opportunity to bring the acid level of the sugary content down and prevent rubbing acidic elements further into the tooth. It will also ensure that any substances from the candy or dessert are removed before they affect oral health.
Create a Daily Cleaning Schedule
It’s exceptionally important that children understand the importance of daily teeth cleaning, especially during the busy holiday season when they might be visiting with other family members and not following their normal routine. With the excitement of the holidays, it can be easy for children to get off-track.
Adults can help children by creating a day-to-day cleaning schedule for their teeth. Schedules should be placed in the bathroom area to ensure they’re easily noticeable. For the first few nights of the schedule, it’s worth considering watching the child as they brush their teeth. This will help ensure they’re following the routine and brushing using an effective cleaning technique.
By creating an effective oral health regimen during the important holiday period, adults can help children begin a commitment to dental health that will protect them in years to come. To learn more on the dental care teaching process, speak with a specialist at Pickering Square Dental directly.
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