As the race towards the holidays heats up, moms everywhere are dreading the influx of snacks, cookies and sweet treats their children will face throughout the holiday season – but what they may not realize is how bad these foods can be for their children’s teeth. Believe it or not, candy is not the worst snack children can eat. Food such as chips and crackers – abundant at holiday parties – actually stay in teeth for longer periods of time which can potentially cause cavities.1
Dr. Jennifer Salzer, mom of 4, orthodontist and dentist has some great tips for surviving the holiday season while maintaining healthy teeth for your children. Below are just a few examples:
”Hosting a holiday party? Serve more teeth-friendly options like fruits and cheeses which are better alternatives to foods such as chips and crackers that stay in teeth for longer periods of time potentially leading to cavities. Regardless of the snack choice, it is best to treat all candies and treats the same: eat quickly, and brush as soon as possible!
Use the holidays as an opportunity to restock your children with new oral care products by filling stockings with items that are fun and made just for them. Top choices include Oral-B Stages products that feature favorite Disney characters for the younger set and the Crest & Oral-B Pro-Health FOR ME line for tweens.
Smarter Beverage Choices
If you and your children can’t brush your teeth immediately after eating, be sure to rinse your mouths thoroughly with water to help prevent tooth decay. If you choose bottled water, check the label for fluoride content. According to the American Dental Association, fluoridated water can help reduce the risk of cavities for children.”
About Jennifer Salzer: Dr. Salzer is a graduate of Duke University and New York University College of Dentistry, where she received her post-graduate certificate in Orthodontics. She is the recipient of numerous awards in the dental profession, and has been a national lecturer for Invisalign and a spokesperson for Crest products and a member of the Pro Health Advisory Board. She recently invented Bracedlets, a popular accessory line made from orthodontic braces.
In addition to all of her work in the dentistry field, Dr. Salzer is the mother of four children all under 10 years old – Mason, Jesse, Beau, and Vivi.
Be sure to grab Oral-B Stages & Crest and Oral-B Pro Health for me products for your kid’s stockings this year!
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1"”The Contribution of Dietary Factors to Dental Caries and Disparities in Dental Care,” Academic Pediatrics, December 2009.