This time of year is filled with loads of activity and stress. With school out, holidays just around the corner and lots filling to-do lists, it’s easy to forget about routine things like making sure your kids are taking good care of their teeth and remembering that they have to visit the dentist if they haven’t been there recently.
Holiday time is a time when there are often lots of extra treats consumed, especially by kids, and at this time of year, it is more important than ever to make sure kids are sticking to a regular dental hygiene routine. Sure, there may be a lot of excitement surrounding late nights and missed bedtimes or early morning activities, but as a parent, it’s up to you to make sure that routine tasks such as tooth brushing and flossing are not neglected. Especially when sugary treats are consumed, it’s important to ensure that teeth are fully cleaned so that bacteria and plaque are not left to attack tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay.
If you find your children are eating more than their fair share of sticky and sugary sweets at this time of year, encourage them to finish off their snacks with a few sips of water that they then should swish around their mouth. This will at least help to dislodge some of the sugars and acids that would otherwise be sitting in their mouths, attacking their tooth enamel.
Another thing you can do to help preserve your children’s dental health at this time of the year is to ensure that in between all of the sweet indulgences, they are eating a healthy and well-rounded diet. This is not only important for the state of their dental health, but also for their overall health, as well as for maintaining a steady demeanor during exciting and trying times.
With school out, it’s also a good time to schedule a preventative dental appointment if you haven’t already done so. Routine visits with a pediatric dentist or a family dental practice that offers pediatric dentistry care is one of the keys to keeping kids’ teeth and gums healthy and instilling in them good oral health habits for a lifetime. Children who regularly visit the dentist from a young age and are cared for by a dentist that is experienced in treating children typically wind up to be adults who are more committed to properly caring for their teeth.
While the holidays can leave you frazzled, they also provide you with many opportunities for you and your family members to smile. This season, be sure that your kids are not only enjoying themselves and understanding the underlying spirit of the season, but that they are also taking steps to keep their teeth, gums and overall health in tip-top shape so they can start the new year off right.
For more information about the pediatric dentistry services offered by Gentle Dental in Queens, contact 718-461-0100.