Don’t fail your teeth this festive season

This holiday season the team at Kiddies want to help you and your children maintain good dental health.  We know it’s a time filled with celebrations, parties and events with lots of tempting treats.

 

So how can we help you have a merry Christmas and start the New Year with a healthy, beautiful smile.

 

  1. Maintain your regular brushing and flossing routine

    Remember that brushing twice per day is essential.  If you think it may be a late night for the child/ren, don’t wait to clean their teeth when they come home.  Instead pack the toothbrushes, pop to the bathroom and get them to clean their teeth after the meal out.  To help with flossing, try dental picks for convenience and ease of use.

  2. Limit the sweet treats

    It can be very tempting a table full of sweets but it’s also worth thinking about the damage excessive sugar can cause on young people’s teeth.  Set some limits with your child.

  3. Encourage veggies

    When your children ask for treats, a good tip is to tell them they must eat something “healthier” first.  You could try “when you’ve finished your fruit/veggie platter, then you can have a treat.”

  4. Drink plenty of water

    Again the temptation to give our children soft drink or juices is much higher with all the festivities.  Perhaps tell them they can only have 1 glass at the party when they are eating and that they can drink water throughout the event.  Sometimes sparkling water with a dash of lemon or lime juice can be just as exciting.

  5. Teeth are not a tool

    We find this time of year that many children use their teeth to open packets, tear sticky tape and many other tasks that can be very damaging.  So keep an eye on your child to make sure they don’t chip a tooth this season.

  6. Don’t forget us

    If you haven’t already, make sure you book a time for your children to come in and have a check up in the New Year before school starts so that we can address any issues whilst they are small ones.

 

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