Ways to Keep Kids’ Teeth Healthy Around the Holidays

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The holiday season brings excitement, cheer, thankfulness, and of course: yummy treats. Delicious cookies, frosted cupcakes, and fruity pies all are hard enough for adults to resist this time of year, but even harder for kids to ignore.

Because everyone deserves time at the end of each year where they can indulge a little in desserts, our pediatric dentist recommends you simply practice moderation with your children. Grabbing a piece of candy is alright every now and then, but habits like brushing and flossing each day are a must no matter what month it is.

Keep reading to find out what you can do to keep your kids’ smiles gleaming this holiday season.

Choose Snacks and Treats Wisely

During celebrations and holiday parties, sweets of all kinds are everywhere. It’s okay for your little one to taste a few while there but remember to return to normal when home. That means healthy vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and more. Diversifying your child’s diet with nutritious foods will not only fuel their growing bodies but help their teeth as well.

The following snacks are great alternatives to sweet favorites during the winter season:

  • Yogurt
  • Nuts
  • Cheese or other low-fat dairy products
  • Carrot sticks with hummus
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Oatmeal
  • Applesauce

Stay Hydrated Amidst the Fun

Visiting relatives and opening presents can be overstimulating for younger kids and rightfully tire them out. Be sure to reach for the water throughout the holiday fun and not rely on sugary sodas, juices, or sports drinks. Most public drinking water even has fluoride in it to keep your kids’ teeth strong, healthy, and free from cavities.

Stick to Established Oral Hygiene Routines

Consuming sugar throughout the day can take a toll on tooth enamel. When the bacteria in the mouth break down sugar, acid is released. This acid can weaken enamel and result in tooth decay and cavities.

The last thing you want during the holidays is a trip to our pediatric dental office for a filling or crown. So, it’s important to limit how much your family enjoys sweet treats and always clean teeth afterward. Now is not the time to relax on oral hygiene habits. Your child should still be brushing their teeth at least twice a day and flossing once daily.

Want additional protection? Ask our pediatric dentist about dental sealants today.

Fun Non-Food Stocking Stuffers

Who said only candy had to be put in stockings? There are plenty of other items you can give children that won’t negatively affect their teeth. Try gifting puzzles, board games, books, craft supplies, small toys, and more. Your child will love playing with their gifts and won’t be so hyped up on sugar!

Schedule an Appointment Today

Kids should be able to have fun during the holidays, but their oral health shouldn’t be neglected. If you need help navigating the season, our pediatric dentist in Hudsonville, MI, would be more than happy to offer advice at your child’s next teeth cleaning. Call Hudsonville Dental Kids today at (616) 209-4039 or contact us online.