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X Mas Candy Orthodontic Tips
Posted on 12/16/2015

X Mas Candy Orthodontic Tips

Christmas Candy

Candy canes, peppermint swirls, peanut butter cups, caramels and so much more are all Christmas candies in abundance during the holiday season. The holidays are known for tempting goodies and sweet treats but that doesn't mean your kids need to end up at the dentist after the holidays with cavities.

The doctors and staff here at our pediatric dentistry practice certainly don't want to discourage kids from enjoying all the great foods typically served at this time of the year. However, we would like to remind parents that too much candy is not good for kid's teeth or anyone's teeth for that matter! Snacking on candies and other sweets throughout the day raises the risk for tooth decay because damaging acids form in the mouth every time these snacks are eaten to negatively affect the teeth. Here are a few quick tips to help your kids stay cavity-free during the holiday season. 

Don't Overload Kids on Candy 

While it's fine to allow your kids to enjoy some Christmas candy and other sweet goodies, it's not a good idea to let kids eat candy and sweet snacks whenever they please. Set some limits as to how much candy and sweets your kids can eat. 

Choose Candy That Doesn't Stick Around (Especially On Braces) 

When choosing candy to fill your holiday candy bowls, avoid sticky, gooey & chewy candies that easily adhere to teeth. Instead choose candies that dissolve quickly to limit their contact with tooth enamel. For example, instead of choosing caramels, go with plain chocolate instead. 

Have Healthier Alternatives on Hand 

When your kids want something to snack on, instead of allowing them to eat candy, offer something healthier like cheese, fresh fruits or yogurt. 

Encourage Regular Brushing 

A healthy oral hygiene routine includes brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing once per day. During the busy holidays, it's easy for kids to forget about dental care so it's up to you parents to remind them. Be sure your kids brush before going to bed to get rid of the sugar that harms tooth enamel overnight. If you're going to be away for a day, take along your kids' toothbrushes and toothpaste so they can brush after eating. 

Happy Holidays!

The entire team at UC Smiles Orthodontics would like to wish all our patients and their families a safe and happy holiday season! We are always happy to speak with you so please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.