5 Tips for Holiday Oral Hygiene

Your kids may have visions of sugar plums and stocking full of sweet goodies, but you probably have visions of cavities and dental bills. Not to worry, Oral B has some great advice for you for this holiday season to help keep your child’s teeth healthy, but still let them be kids.

Number 1: Save treats like candy, cookies and pies for after mealtime since this is when the amount of saliva produced in the mouth is greater and will therefore better help protect your child’s teeth.

Number 2: Dairy acts as a buffer to the acids produced by oral bacteria, decreasing the possibility of tooth decay. So consider serving your children milk or cheese with holiday candies and treats.

Number 3:Hard candy can get stuck between kids’ teeth, which can cause cavities. Flossing can help remove the candy particles. Try flossers adorned with your child’s favorite character to help make flossing fun.

Number 4: To help pace the amount of candy your child is consuming around holidays like Halloween and Easter, store excess candy in a sealed container and establish set times when your child can have a treat.

Number 5: Encourage children to drink more water to help prevent tooth decay. If you choose bottled water, check the label for fluoride content. According to the American Dental Association, fluoridated water can reduce the number of cavities children get in their baby teeth.