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Keeping Your Kids’ Teeth Healthy during the Holidays

We understand how busy life can get – between work, family, and Christmas preparations. It can be hard to find time for your kids' dental health. Because we know how precious your time is, we’ve decided to compile a list of quick, easy tips to keep your family’s teeth clean in between Christmas parties and dinners.

First Of All, Snack Healthy

Did you know that frequent snacking throughout the day can contribute to tooth decay? Try to keep snacking to a minimum. If your kids need a pick-me-up during the day, choose tooth-friendly snacks, such as carrots, seeds, nuts or apples. These are also great choices when finishing off a meal! Because of their abrasive texture, these foods act as a natural toothbrush, scrubbing your teeth as you chew and removing bacteria and plaque.

Brush And Floss Teeth, Even On The Go

This is an obvious one. One of the best ways to prevent tooth decay and dental disease is to brush and floss often! With that being said, we understand that not everyone has time to make a trip to the bathroom to brush their teeth after every meal. A quick on-the-go tip is to brush your teeth without toothpaste!

Carry a travel toothbrush with you and when you feel plaque or food on your teeth, simply pull it out and brush! Even without the added benefits of toothpaste, this will help remove plaque and bacteria adhering to your teeth.

A lot of our patients have also benefited from floss picks. Because of their easy-to-use handle, you can use them one-handed and without a mirror. This makes flossing in between meals much easier and more accessible.

Chew Sugar-Free Gum And Drink Plenty Of Water

We’ve mentioned the benefits of chewing sugarless gum after a meal plenty of times before. It’s such an easy and enjoyable way of protecting your teeth from cavities that we can’t say enough about it!

The act of chewing increases saliva flow in your mouth, which washes away food particles and neutralises acids. Saliva also promotes remineralisation, helping teeth to recover from any damage incurred while eating. Just pop a piece of sugar-free gum in your mouth for 20 minutes after a snack or meal to reap the benefits.

Although this video is meant for dental professionals, it provides the perfect explanation as to why chewing sugar-free gum protects your teeth after a meal.

Water, similar to saliva, washes away food debris and cleans between teeth. Rinsing your mouth out frequently, especially after eating, is a simple way to bolster your teeth’s defence against cavity-causing bacteria.

Keep Your Oral Health In Check

We know life gets busy. We hope these tips make it a lot easier to keep your oral health in check! By taking care of your teeth throughout the day, not just in the morning and at night, you can ensure that your smile will be happy and healthy not just for the holidays, but for a lifetime.
















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