The holiday season is upon us! As a parent, you want to ensure that your child’s smile remains healthy and bright throughout the festivities. With all the sweet treats available and the excitement of the season, it’s easy for you and your child to get sidetracked away from essential oral care routines and habits. That’s why we wanted to provide some practical tips to protect your child’s oral health this time of year.

  • Monitor Sugary Treats

The holiday season is synonymous with indulging in sugary delights. While it’s okay for your child to enjoy some sweets, be sure to monitor their intake. Limit the number of candies, cookies, and other sugary snacks they consume. Encourage healthier alternatives like fruit and cheese or other calcium-rich foods. Plus, make sure they drink plenty of water to rinse away sugar residue. 

  • Stick to a Routine

Your family’s routine is typically interrupted by various events and gatherings. However, even then, try to maintain a consistent oral care routine. Ensure your child brushes their teeth at least twice a day, using a fluoride-based toothpaste. Maybe even brush to some holiday music so they brush for at least two minutes. Don’t forget about flossing as well. Now is a great time to use a reward chart for them to keep track of their brushing and flossing habits. 

  • Dental Check-Up

Don’t forget to schedule your child’s dental checkup before or after the holiday season. We will examine their mouth for any potential issues, that way they are caught early. Plus, a professional cleaning will remove any plaque or tartar that may have accumulated during the festivities. It’s also a great time for us to discuss any nutritional tips that are unique to your child’s needs.

  • Encourage the Use of a Mouthguard

Do you plan to give your child sports equipment? Don’t forget a mouthguard! We can create a custom mouthguard that fits your child’s mouth perfectly. It will protect them from dealing with a potential dental emergency. Plus, by getting one that is more comfortable for your child to wear, they are more likely to use it when playing sports. 

  • Be a Good Example

One of the best things you can do to encourage good oral health is to be a good example. Make sure you are keeping up with your normal routines and eating healthy. Talk about your habits with your child, so they can see and hear you practicing what you preach. Because children watch more than they listen, this will go a long way for them to keep up with their own good oral care habits.

We hope these tips give you and your family the help you need to protect your child’s oral health. The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, so no need to avoid indulgences completely. However, maintaining good oral care habits is essential.

If you want more tips, or you want to schedule your child’s checkup, call 720-637-1760 for an appointment. You can also schedule one online.