With holiday season just round the corner, comes in mind the dancing images of sweet and sugary treats that kids love to binge on. No matter how much we try to keep our kids off too much sugar, they somehow end up eating more than their fair share of it at family gatherings and parties. It’s not just about the sugar rush and hyperactivity, but cavities and tooth decay that accompany holiday sweetness which is a cause for worry too.
So what happens if your kid eats too much candy this season? The sugar in the cookies, cakes and candies your kid eats, becomes food for the naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria then release acidic byproducts which are really bad. They eat away the tooth enamel causing tooth decay and cavities. The more times teeth are exposed to sugary products, the higher is the chance that your child will face dental problems.
Below are a few tips on how to care for your kid’s teeth while he/she is busy nibbling on those candies:
- Encourage your kid to brush and floss more after eating sugary treats. A rinse with plain water will help in removing excess sugar stuck between teeth. Click here to make brushing fun for kids.
- Reducing sugar time helps. Avoid giving them hard candy as kids tend to suck on them for long. Instead give them sugarless gums which increase saliva production. This can help wash away excess sugar too.
- Feed the kids some cheese. Cheese helps to neutralize all that acid in the mouth.
- Schedule a visit to your dentist. This will help keep you updated with your child’s oral health during holidays.
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