This time of year, sugary holiday treats abound. It’s important to be mindful of the impact they can have on your children’s teeth. As your leading pediatric dentist in Katy, here are a few things you can do to protect their sparkly smiles this season.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
- Brush your children’s teeth twice a day, and floss daily. Electric toothbrushes are a great way to get in extra strokes and reach more surfaces. Also, use a timer to help them brush for two minutes. Oral-B’s FREE Disney Magic Timer App lets them choose a character… a princess, a super hero, a monster, and more – and then runs a timer, gradually revealing a Disney scene.
- Visit us every six months! Preventive dentistry is especially important for children. A a leading pediatric dentist in Katy, TX, we keep up to dat in modern advances in dentistry such as fluoride, sealants and regular preventive dental care. This means that children can grow up without ever having had a cavity and have the possibility of going their entire adult life with little-to-no need for dental treatment beyond preventive services.
- A well-balanced diet supports bone and soft tissues – such as teeth and gums!
- Limit processed and sugary snacks. Candy and mints remain on the teeth for a longer period of time than regular food, which means the acid has more time to attack tooth enamel, promoting decay. Limit intake of these items, then clean your teeth soon after consuming.
- Eating nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables not only strengthen teeth, the crunchy ones such as carrots and broccoli aid in the removal of plaque and food deposits as you chew!
Seal Out Decay
- Sealants provide protection for the grooves of back teeth, creating a barrier for these cavity-prone areas to keep acid and food out. Read more how sealants can protect your child’s teeth on our pediatric dentistry page.
Use Fluoride as a Defense
- This naturally occurring element provides a strong defense against tooth decay by protecting teeth from demineralization. A minimal amount as recommended by your dentist is all you need – too little or too much can damage teeth. Discover more about the benefits of fluoride for your child’s teeth.
Follow these simple steps to keep your kids’ smiles merry and bright — not just during the Christmas season, but year round!