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The holiday season brings with it so many wonderful things:
- Fun music
- Gift giving
- Beautiful scenery
- Family gatherings
- Yummy smells
- Delicious treats
- Good will towards men
- Tooth decay
Insert the scratched record sound here…
Wait a minute, tooth decay? How is that wonderful? It’s not, it’s sarcasm. But with all of the added sugar we all tend to consume during the holidays, tooth decay is a real concern, especially for kids. But what’s a parent to do, completely restrict them from enjoying all of the wonderful holiday goodies? Of crouse not, that would cause them to whine, and no one wants to hear that.
The good news is that you can allow your kids to have their treats and eat them too, and the ten tips below will help protect your children from getting the gift of cavities from Santa this year.
10 Tips to Help Protect Your Kids from Cavities this Holiday Season
- Avoid hard or sticky foods – these are the worst culprits that can lead to tooth decay and cavities because they are more likely to get stuck between teeth.
- Drink more water – water is a better choice instead of sugary drinks in general, but can also help wash away the food that is bad for their teeth.
- Include toothbrushes and toothpaste in Christmas stockings – hey if Santa recommends it, it must be a good thing to do.
- Bring a toothbrush and toothpaste to family gatherings – I know, no one wants to do this, but if you are gone all day and inundated with sweet treats, it’s a good idea to brush partway through the day help protect those pearly whites. Just don’t brush immediately after eating, wait about 30 minutes.
- Eat sweets right after a meal – the body produces saliva when eating so if they eat their sweets not long after a meal, there is a better chance for the sugar to get rinsed away.
- Don’t graze – this ties back to trying to eat sweets right after a meal. When they frequently eat throughout the day, sugar remains in their mouth longer and never gives their saliva a chance to neutralize. This means their tooth enamel is always exposed to the things that can cause damage.
- Encourage flossing – floss easily fits in a pocket or purse and if they can’t brush, at least encourage them to floss and rinse with water to get the food out from in between their teeth.
- Encourage cheese & dairy intake (if not sensitive to it) – dairy can help neutralized the damaging acids in other foods.
- Sugarless gum – carry sugarless gum with you for times when they have something sweet, but brushing and flossing just aren’t feasible. Chewing the gum increases saliva which reduces the acid on the teeth.
- Require three times a day brushing instead of two – make it a rule that if kids are going to enjoy the delicious treats of the season that they have to brush three times a day instead of two.
Ok great. So the question now is how do I actually get my kids to brush extra?
You give them hello products toothpaste!
hello toothpaste for kids tastes so good that they will want to brush!
Finally, a kids toothpaste that tastes so awesome they’ll rush to brush. clinically proven to prevent cavities with no artificial sweeteners, no artificial flavors, no dyes, no preservatives, no microbeads and no fighting. no brainer.
My daughter loves the hello bubble gum toothpaste. In fact, she talks about how much she loves it long after she brushes. I can’t tell you how many times I was forced to “smell her breath” after she brushed. Sometimes even an hour later. She loves how they taste, and I love hello products because of what’s not in them.
- No dyes.
- No artificial sweeteners or flavors.
- No parabens.
- No triclosan.
- No microbeads.
Just friendly, natural cavity fighting goodness.
For more information about how hello products can help keep your kids protected from cavities during the holidays and all year visit their website.