Children should enjoy their Christmas treats, but think about what’s best for their teeth!
Enjoy the Christmas sweets and treats but think about what’s best for your teeth. That’s our yuletide health message every year to everybody, youngsters especially.
Keep sugary foods to mealtimes
We all love the extra sweets and chocolates that we have around at Christmas and it is great to enjoy them with family and friends. Children especially enjoy these glorious looking multicoloured treats but remember that the more times per day we put sugar into our mouths the higher our risk of suffering tooth decay. Sugary food is best eaten as part of a meal rather than as a snack between meals.
Tooth-brushing tips for parents
Young children under the age of 8 should be supervised when brushing their teeth…especially after they have been eating foods containing a lot of sugar.
- Brush your child’s teeth for about two minutes twice a day: once just before bedtime and at least one other time during the day.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste appropriate to their age.
- Encourage them to spit out excess toothpaste, but not to rinse with lots of water. Rinsing with water after tooth brushing will wash away the fluoride and make it less effective.
- Supervise tooth brushing until your child is seven or eight years old, either by brushing their teeth yourself or, if they brush their own teeth, by watching how they do it. From the age of seven or eight, they should be able to brush their own teeth, but it’s still a good idea to watch them now and again to make sure they brush properly and for about two minutes.
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