Pediatric and family dentistry at Coast Dental Centre in Maple Ridge

With Halloween and the Christmas holidays just around the corner, there are going to be many sugary foods and beverages available to tempt adults and children alike. While there’s nothing wrong with indulging from time to time, if sugar and acid are allowed to sit on the teeth for long enough, decay and gum disease are given a good opportunity to develop.

It’s important to establish a good oral hygiene routine year round, but it can be especially necessary around the holiday season where cookies, candies, chocolates and sugary drinks are abundant. With a few preventative steps, you can ensure that you and your family stay cavity free over the holidays.

Make brushing fun

Before your child starts devouring their Halloween loot, prepare your own “goody basket” filled with things like a colorful toothbrush, fun-flavoured toothpaste, bottles of water and sugar-free gum. You can even include a little egg timer or something like a music box that plays for about two minutes to help your child brush for long enough. If you’re in a situation where brushing is not feasible, have your child sip on water or chew sugar-free gum to mitigate the effects of sugar on the teeth

Trade in candy

While it’s hard to make a child part with his or her candy, you may be able to negotiate a trade. Offer a new toy, video game or coloring book in exchange for some of that Halloween or Christmas candy.

Reserve treats for after meals

Not only does it make good sense nutritionally to save treats for after meals, it can also help save your teeth. If you or your child are going to eat something sugary, after a meal is the best time of day. Saliva produced during the meal will act as a natural protectant for the teeth. It’s a good idea to brush after every meal, and especially so if you’ve had a sweet dessert.

Come in for a cleaning and checkup

It’s inevitable that people of all ages are going to indulge in sweet treats during special occasions like Halloween and Christmas. It’s a good idea to come in for a dental exam and cleaning to give your teeth a professional polishing. This way, your dentist can spot any cavities that may have formed early on, when treatment will be easier. We understand that this season can already be busy, but squeezing in an appointment for a cleaning and checkup can go a long way to prevent bigger and more costly dental problems down  If you are in the Maple Ridge area, give us a call at 604 463 2227 to book an appointment for you and your family.

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