We’re officially on the candy, sweets ‘n treats roller coaster that marks the season between Halloween and Christmas. While a single day may not be the make-or-break for your kids’ dental health, two months definitely has an impact. The key to healthy teeth is to make sure you have a consistent dental health routine at home. Do that and you’ll be fine no matter how many sugary confections come your way.
Here are 6 tips for ensuring your kids’ teeth are healthy over the holiday season and more importantly, all year long.
How to keep the kids teeth healthy over the hols
1. Establish and maintain a proper oral health routine
Make brushing nightly before bed a non-skippable habit. If flossing is too much, try flossing the back teeth only and do a full floss on Sunday evening. Then add a short morning brush to your kids’ routine. Once it becomes a habit, you’re good for life! And, of course, visit your dentist twice a year.
2. Drink more water
Water is a fantastic tool in the fight against harmful bacteria and tooth decay. Water is not acidic and does not harm teeth at all. It improves saliva production, which naturally cleans teeth of debris and restores the mouth to a healthy ph balance.
3. Have a healthy diet
A healthy diet is critical to getting a healthy mouth. Mouth-healthy foods like fruit, vegetables, nuts and calcium-rich items can all strengthen teeth.
4. Replace worn out toothbrushes
It can be challenging to know when to replace your child’s old toothbrush with a new one. If your child’s toothbrush bristles are frayed or pluming outward, then it’s time for a new toothbrush. A good rule of thumb is to replace your child’s toothbrush every three months.
5. Make dental hygiene fun for kids
Let’s face it, kids don’t exactly jump up and down at the prospect of brushing and flossing, so make it fun!
Here are some fun ideas: Brush and floss together (have the kids mimic what you do); sing a fun song; use books and fun videos related to oral hygiene. Another way to keep your child’s interest alive is with a new, fun toothbrush. Opt for a colourful, soft-bristled brush or one with your child’s favourite cartoon character.
6. Keep dental visits upbeat and positive
Maybe you have had some negative dental experiences. Try not to let them influence your child. Making brushing, flossing and dental check-ups a positive experience can help to keep your child excited about proper oral care.
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Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).