Christmas is party season, and that often means sugary treats. Imola Foster from the Gold Coast Dental and Denture Centre shares her tips on keeping kids’ teeth strong, healthy and cavity free during the festive season.
Christmas is fast approaching which means social gatherings, parties and end of year festivities. Though they are a lot of fun, more often than not, sugary foods such as cookies, cakes and soft drinks will be on the menu.
Though you can limit how much your child indulges their sweet tooth at home, they will have plenty of access to sugary foods and drinks outside the home during this time, which is much harder to control.
Despite the abundance of sugary foods and drinks available, it is important to be vigilant to keep our kids’ teeth clean and healthy and prevent tooth decay.
We also need to watch how much our children consume as well as how often they have these ‘treats’. Grazing and constantly eating is not great as the saliva doesn’t get a chance to wash over the teeth. Saliva is the body’s natural defense against dental cavities and reduces the effect of the acid produced by the plaque bacteria.
Most importantly, the holiday season should not be any different from any other time for keeping our children’s oral health on track.