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10 Dec

Healthy teeth for kids at Christmas


Christmas is a time of year when kids are naturally excited. It’s also a time when there can be a lot of unhealthy food. Combine these two facts, and your kids can easily damage their teeth. It’s up to you to help stop this from happening.

This does not mean you should turn into a Grinch and ban sweets or other sugary foods. You must encourage your kids to think of their teeth and have fun. There are several things that you can do to make this happen.

See sweets as a treat

When Christmas arrives, this may apply to you as much as it does to your kids. It’s important that no one in the house snacks on sweets all day. Only a few sweets should be eaten at set times. It helps if there are not too many sweets in the house in the first place. If every relative seems to have bought a selection box for your kids, store some away for a later date.

It’s also worth mentioning that you should store away tubs of sweets that you buy in the weeks before the big day. It’s all too easy to make the most of the deals in the shops, only for the family to eat every chocolate before Christmas even arrives. Your kids are more likely to have self-control if you do.

Eat sweets at meal times

The best time for your kids to eat the sweets they are allowed to have is after eating a meal. This is because eating food creates saliva, which can help eliminate the potentially damaging effects of sweets. This is far better than kids eating sweets between meals when more damage is likely to occur.

Encourage regular brushing

Of course, your kids should be encouraged to brush their teeth regularly at any time of year. However, you might have to reinforce the message at Christmas as presents and fun come first with kids.

Teeth should be brushed for two minutes twice a day. If your kids are young enough, you can use the “Santa is watching” message to encourage them.

Promote some “Rudolph” food

If your kids put out food for Santa and Rudolph, encourage them to try some reindeer carrots. You may even want to do your best reindeer impressions for extra fun. You could also change out Santa’s cookies for carrots, explaining that he wants to eat food that is good for him.

Make a sweet free Advent Calendar

Kids love Advent calendars; opening the doors helps to build excitement as Christmas approaches. However, many of these calendars simply add to the sweet count. A healthier option that protects teeth is to make an advent calendar that contains small gifts, healthy food or jokes.

You can see that protecting your kids’ teeth at Christmas is possible without spoiling the fun.