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Healthy Teeth for the Holidays

1-HMG-Blogs-OCT-10.14.14The holiday season is upon us! This means presents, good food, and of course, sweets. If you have little ones in your care (especially ages 0-8), keeping them away from all sugar-filled treats will be impossible. Because of this, special attention should be made for their oral health. Here are a few pointers to keep good oral hygiene for the holidays:

Tips for limiting the effects of sugary treats

  • Choose candy that can be eaten quickly and easily to limit the amount of time sugar is in contact with the teeth.
  • Steer away from sticky candies like gummy fruit snacks, caramels, taffy, popcorn balls and other candies that expose the teeth to sugar for long periods of time.
  • Limit consumption of sour candies that may contain acids (such as citric acid) to intensify the sour flavor. These acids can contribute to dental erosion and cavities.
  • Encourage children to eat a small amount of candy in one sitting followed by a glass of water or a thorough tooth brushing.
  • Encourage children to eat a good meal prior to trick-or-treating, so there will be less temptation to fill up on candy.
  • Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and pencils.

Halloween is a great time for parents to think about their children’s teeth, but oral health should be a year-round concern. Regularly encourage good oral health habits with your children, including flossing daily, brushing at least twice a day and visiting the dentist regularly. That way you’ll ensure the sugary villains don’t stick around on your children’s teeth long after Halloween is over.

If you have any questions about your child’s dental hygiene, be sure to call the Help Me Grow 2-1-1 line, or send Help Me Grow a text at: 302-231-1464. Help Me Grow 2-1-1 will set you up with a specialist to help answer any questions or address any concerns.

 

Information courtesy of the Delta Dental Plans Association.