The holiday season invites a wide range of cookies, candies, and other
sugary treats kids will snack on, but eating an excess of sugar can take
its toll on their teeth. According to studies done by the American Dental
Association (ADA), the naturally occurring and forming bacteria that forms
in our mouths feed off sugar, which produces acid. The acid that is produced
can diminish enamel, which typically leads to cavities and tooth decay.
In this blog, our Ventura dentist shares tips on how to keep your child’s
teeth healthy during the holiday season.
Brush After Snacking on Sugary Treats
The ADA’s recommendation on brushing teeth states that we should
be brushing our teeth at least twice a day, for two minutes. During the
holidays, however, it’s a good amp up your routine and brush your
teeth three times a day. Have your child brush his or her teeth right
after they finish eating something sweet – if you don’t have
a toothbrush on hand, rinsing is the next best alternative.
Put Limits on Sugar Time
Of all the sugar treats that can wreak havoc on a child’s teeth,
hard candy is by far the worst offender. Avoid such treats and limit the
amount of soda and juice your child is drinking. The ADA recommends, that
as part of your child’s dessert, you incorporate cheese, which is
known to be an acid neutralizer.
Make Dental Hygiene Fun
It’s important that you focus on proper dental hygiene throughout
the year, but the holidays is a perfect time to make it a fun game. Purchasing
holiday-themed toothbrushes or floss in their favorite color can add an
excitement factor that can change your child’s attitude towards
The holiday season is a great time to schedule your child’s teeth
cleaning and checkup appointment. Our Ventura County dentist offers a
wide range of family dentistry services. Call Dr. Mark Weitzman, D.D.S.
at (805) 295-8896 to
schedule a free consultation.