Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude, family, and delicious food. But all that food can be damaging to your teeth if you’re not careful. It is a time full of indulgence, from sugary desserts to sticky soft beverages. Since children are still growing, they are more prone to tooth decay and cavities, so it is important to have a good dental care routine. Here are some tips for parents on how to avoid tooth decay this holiday season.
Between gathering with family, cooking a big meal, and snacking on leftovers throughout the weekend, it’s easy to make some not-so-healthy choices during the holiday. But it’s important to remember that maintaining a healthy diet is essential for a healthy smile. Many foods have enamel-damaging properties, like acidic foods and sugars, that can lead to tooth decay. Try to maintain a balanced plate with vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy carbs. And avoid letting your kids chew on hard candy or ice that can crack your teeth!
When dinnertime rolls around, make sure everyone tries their hardest to eat healthily! Focus on fruits, veggies, and lean proteins like turkey instead of sweets and starchy dishes. And serve up plenty of water to rinse off all that sugar and acid. It’s also a good idea if your child takes breaks between bites to chew the food well and stimulate saliva production. That way, you won’t create as much plaque when you eat and drink.
First, make sure you properly brush and floss before setting out on your holiday adventures. Pack some extra travel-sized toothpaste and mouthwash, and leave some flossers in the car or with your toothbrush case, so you always have them on hand when you need them.
Finally, schedule a checkup with us in a couple of weeks to make sure everything is still okay! We want to see those smiles healthy and happy for the holiday season and beyond! If it’s time for your child’s checkup, give us a call today to schedule an appointment!
Unique Kids Pediatric Dentistry is equipped with the latest technologies and modern amenities that enable the best dental care facilities for patients. Call us at (832) 930-7732 and schedule an appointment with the dentist to know more about the dental services provided at the practice.