It’s the Dewali festive season, and whether you like it or not, your naughty children will gorge on sweets and candies.
Every festive period, kids get a cavity or two, and Diwali is no exception!
Following the festive season, dentists see an increase in the number of patients with cavities and dental problems.
So, this Diwali, make sure to look after your children’s oral health and prevent decay, and in case of a dental emergency, call Partha Dental at their emergency number.
Here are some things to keep in mind as your children enjoy Diwali treats! Remember that foods that stick in your mouth cause the most damage, even if they aren’t sweet! So here are some good tips to help them keep their teeth healthy during the diwali festival season:
Maintain Oral Hygiene And brush twice
You want your children to enjoy their treats, but you may need to remind them to maintain their oral hygiene routine as part of their daily routine.
- Make sure your children brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Each brushing should last at least 2 minutes.
- Make sure they brush the back teeth and remove any stuck food particles.
- Flossing is essential for good dental hygiene. This minor step is the only way to remove food that sticks between your teeth during the day before it changes to plaque. Flossing at least once a day, before bedtime or after each meal, helps to keep your gums healthy and prevents the formation of cavities.
- Children over the age of 10 should floss once per day; children under the age of 10 should avoid flossing.
- Make sure they clean their tongues, which helps to remove bacteria that can cause bad breath, and smell their breath afterwards to see if they cleaned it thoroughly.
- Avoid sticky foods such as chips, cheese, and Chocolates and sticky sweets
- Lastly, brushing before sleeping removes the bacteria that causes cavities; otherwise, it can play on the teeth all night and cause extensive damage.
Be Wary of Those Sweets
Kids love to eat sweets and candies and can eat them all day if not stopped because sugar gives their tiny brains a “rush” and makes them happy!!!!
Sugar can be bad for their teeth and gums. Sugar promotes the growth of harmful bacteria in your child’s mouth. So, to avoid any harm, ensure that they –
- Eat a nutritious breakfast. Avoid sugary cereals by feeding your children oatmeal, cornflakes, parantha, and other cereals with a serving of fruit.
- Limit the number of times they eat sweets in a day.
- Teach them to brush their teeth after eating sweets.
- When you eat, cavity-forming bacteria in your mouth feast on leftover food particles, producing acid that erodes your enamel and leads to decay. Rather than snacking frequently, eat at once and drink plenty of water to wash away leftover food particles.
- Sweet drinks and sodas are another major contributor. Avoid sugary beverages. Limit your child’s consumption of Coke, Pepsi, and other sweetened, packaged juices.
- Remind your child to drink water after eating something sweet. Water is not only important for your overall health, but it encourages saliva production which is important for soothing the mouth by moistening it, lubricating it as you chew and swallow, and neutralising harmful acids. It also kills germs and prevents bad breath, protects teeth from decay and gum disease, strengthens enamel, and hastens wound healing.
Following these tips will help your children avoid dental problems, as we want them to enjoy Diwali without pain or problems!
Not only should you clean your child’s teeth at home, but you should also have them professionally cleaned to ensure overall health.
Give your children good health this Diwali by giving them good teeth!