Even though Halloween is over, visions of cookies, pies, and stockings stuffed with candy fill your child’s dreams at night. One of the best things about this holiday season, is that it is filled with tasty treats and delicious foods we only eat at this time of year. You don’t want to deprive your child and prevent them from enjoying any of the holiday treats, and luckily, you don’t have to do that in order to keep their teeth healthy this holiday season!
Limit Hard Candy
Hard candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time is one of the worst types of candy or sweets for your mouth. If your child does eat a hard candy, such as a lollipop, give them a drink of water immediately after and encourage them to rinse their mouth to remove some of the sugar from their teeth.
Brush teeth after something sugary
If your child is going to have a sugary treat, have brushing their teeth immediately follow. After Thanksgiving dinner, once all of the pies topped with whipped cream have been consumed, make a family trip to the bathroom to brush teeth! This gets it out of the way before they get invested in playing games with their cousins and grandparents.
Have fun brushing teeth
If brushing their teeth seems like a chore, it will be an activity that your child dreads. Try turning it into something fun to motivate them to do it independently. You can sing songs, dance to music while brushing, or have a contest to see who can brush their teeth the most thoroughly. Whatever motivates your child, use it to your advantage to make sure that their oral health is a priority.
Make dessert a normal part of the meal
Instead of giving dessert out at the end of a meal, include it with the rest of the meal. This may seem crazy to some parents who want to make sure that their children eat the more nutritious parts of the meal before introducing sugar. But if sugar is going to be consumed, it is actually best for your teeth to eat it amongst normal foods. This helps remove the sugar coating from the teeth, so it doesn’t linger as long, and negates the need to immediately brush your teeth after finishing the meal.