Keeping Teeth Clean During the Holidays

There’s something so special about the holiday season. Quality time spent with family, enjoying long-time traditions, and of course indulging in all of the yummy food and treats. While the cookies and pies are tasty, it’s important to make sure your child is taking good care of their smile during this festive season. To help protect your child’s teeth and gums from holiday hazards, Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry has some tips.

Healthy Holiday Teeth Tips

This is a busy time of year for everyone, especially parents. In addition to the usual day-to-day busyness, there’s shopping for and wrapping gifts, planning family meals, and finalizing any travel plans. It’s easy to let things slip, like brushing regularly. Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry wants to remind you to stick to your routine. Your children should be brushing their teeth for two minutes, twice daily. They should also be flossing once a day to help fight plaque.

Choose carrots over candy canes

Encourage your children to snack on healthy fruits and veggies instead of the sweet treats. Crunchy vegetables like carrots and broccoli help keep your children’s teeth healthy and strong. Candy canes stay in the mouth for too long leaving sugar on the teeth, and if bitten, they can chip teeth.

Leave the cracking to the nutcrackers

Don’t let your child use their teeth to try and crack open hard shelled nuts like walnuts and pecan nuts. They could crack, chip, or break your child’s tooth and warrant an emergency visit to the pediatric dentist.

Open presents safely

Kids often get really excited when opening presents and often can’t wait for the right tools to open packaging. Keep an eye on your child while opening gifts and make sure they don’t use their teeth to tear or rip open packaging. These actions could cause serious damage to your children’s teeth. Be ready with scissors or box cutters to assist them in opening their new gifts.

If you’re looking for help protecting your child’s smile during the holidays, contact Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry.

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