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How to Care For Your Child’s Teeth on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, and we often show our loved ones that we care by buying them lots of chocolate and candies! On this special day, it is important to also keep your child’s health in mind as they receive tons of fun valentines from classmates and friends. Below are some easy tips to take care of your child’s oral health while also letting them enjoy this fun holiday!

Watch what they eat and how much

It is easy to go overboard on Valentine’s Day when there are delicious sweets and decadent foods everywhere. It is great to allow your child to enjoy the sweet things in life, but always in moderation! Of course you can allow them to celebrate with you and your loved ones this holiday by eating the things that they love the most. Just remember to control their portion sizes and keep in mind the effect that sweets have on teeth. If consumed too often, they can cause cavities and damage your child’s teeth in the long run.

Brush and floss their teeth

Although this step may seem like common sense, oral care routines are often neglected or postponed on holidays. Typically, most people brush their teeth first thing in the morning and once more before they go to bed at night. While this is a normal and healthy practice, when your child consumes foods or candy that is extremely high in sugar their routine should be slightly adjusted. When sugars and carbohydrates are left on the surface of teeth, they turn into bacteria and plaque that begin to attack your enamel. It is always a good idea to bring a portable toothbrush and toothpaste with you wherever you and your child go. After consuming these foods, your child should brush their teeth to remove the sugar that can be left behind on their teeth.

Another part of their oral routine that is extremely important is flossing. Often times many people disregard it because they feel that it does not make a big difference in their overall oral health. In reality, flossing is one of the most important steps of any dental hygiene routine and it should not be skipped. Your child should be flossing at least once a day to remove any plaque that has built up in between their teeth. Flossing can be difficult for small children. To make it easier, brands like DenTek offer floss picks that include handles that are a little more kid friendly.  

If you have any questions about how to care for your child’s teeth on Valentine’s Day, give us a call at 278-579-8700!