Kids and the Holiday Season

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Kids and the Holiday Season

Just when you thought you were in the clear with Halloween over, here comes the gauntlet of holidays. After Halloween parents are on guard since many opportunities will be popping up for kids to get their hands on sugary sweets. From Thanksgiving and Hanukah to Christmas and New Years, the end of year holiday season is fraught with parties and celebrations that almost always include cakes, candy, ice cream and pies. Letting your kids partake in the festive season is fine as long as you keep a careful watch on their eating habits to avoid cavities and tooth decay that can result from eating too many sugary foods.

Moderation

It's easy to get carried away during the holiday season. With so many parties and events taking place it's hard to turn any invitation down. Kids are especially at risk since they will have plenty of opportunities in school, sports clubs and social groups to have holiday parties that include tasty treats. Starting with Thanksgiving and all the delicious pies that are served and running through New Years, this time of year rarely has a week go by where a party or celebration isn't taking place. While it is fun to be part of the festive spirit it is also wise to celebrate in moderation. Telling your kids about the dangers of consuming too much cake, candy and cookies is a smart move as a parent. You don't want to make the holidays a downer, but reminding children about the pain of cavities and tooth decay can be enough for them to curb their sweet tooth come the holiday season.

Reinforce Brushing Habits

If your children are young, now is a good time to remind them of the benefits of good oral hygiene. During this period kids will often come home from school with party bags full of Christmas cookies and other sweet treats and while you don't want to spoil the fun you do need to be careful about their teeth. Even if you've covered proper brushing, flossing and rinsing before, now is a good time to reinforce those habits and spot check when your kids are brushing to make sure they are doing it right. This is not the time when you want kids skipping a brushing or forgetting to floss. Without being too stern try to gently remind your children that brushing and flossing regularly is the best way to avoid a trip to the dentist.

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18 Dec 2018 11:54 AM