The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, especially when it comes to good things to eat! Unfortunately, all those sweets, treats and baked goodies can have a negative impact on your children’s oral health.
As you well know if you’re a regular reader of the SmileTown Dentistry blog, sugar can do a lot of damage to oral health.
At Christmas time, many children eat more sugary treats and refined carbohydrates than they usually do, and that naturally means that oral health can suffer.
The best thing you can do to counteract all the extra sugar is to take extra care with your children’s oral health care routine. That means
- making sure they spend more time, and are more thorough, when brushing and flossing,
- having them brush and floss more frequently (for instance, after each meal or treat),
- adding extra elements to their dental hygiene care routine, such as a mouthwash or dental picks, and
- making an appointment for a cleaning at your Burnaby children's dentist once the holiday season is through.
Some Healthier Options
Of course, another great way to curb your children’s sugar intake during the Holiday Season is to provide some healthier alternatives now and again. Luckily, 'healthy' and 'festive' aren't mutually exclusive! Here are just a few of our favorite healthy Christmas treats from around the web: