Protect Your Kids’ Smiles This Holiday Season

West Columbia SC Pediatric DentistryAs the autumn season advances, many kids are looking forward to vacation time, gifts, and lots of yummy treats!

Feasting on sugary snacks is a highlight of the holiday season, but caution is needed when it comes to dental health.

Here’s what you can do to make sure your kids enjoy this time of the year – and don’t have any new cavities to show for it!

Enjoy Candy in Moderation
It’s tempting for kids to binge on the treasures they collect during class parties or trick-or-treating. Eating too much at once is not good for small tummies. Eating candy too slowly, however, is a nightmare for teeth. The longer a piece of sugar is in the mouth and saliva, the more time it has to wear down tooth enamel and promote the start of cavities.

What you can do:
• Encourage healthy treats that feature nuts and fresh fruit
• Help your kids ration out their goodies
• If your child has braces, avoid crunchy or sticky candies such as caramels and gummies
• Suggest that your children enjoy a treat right after a meal, rather than snacking between meals
• Emphasize the need to brush at least twice a day
• Urge your kids to rinse with water before brushing if they just enjoyed a sweet feast

Let Dr. Lorenzi and Dr. Darrah Help You Prepare
Make sure your kids are up-to-date on their dental checkups. Depending on their age, they might need x-rays on a yearly basis to track tooth development and check for cavities. Bring them by Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry to learn more about how to prevent tooth decay. Make this holiday season sweeter and safer for your family – call our dental team today!

Posted on behalf of Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry

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