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Pick the right toothbrush for the job! If you’re choosing a for your child, select a toothbrush with:
-A small head designed for baby teeth
-A larger than normal handles (easier for children to grip and for you to help out!)
-Soft, gentle bristles
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Holiday sweets and dental health

With so many holiday ads coming at us from every direction, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the holidays and completely forget about calories. Surely Christmas wouldn’t be complete without sugar cookies and candy such as rum-flavored chocolate balls.

We usually eat our share of these and other wonderful treats and simply tell ourselves we’ll go on a big diet after New Year’s. Though your waistline can suffer during the holidays, so can your teeth. Many a child and adult with visions of sugar plums dancing in their head will wake up sometime in January to find that they have some new cavities. Dentists often see patients around the beginning of the year who went a bit overboard during the holidays and now they are suffering with a toothache.

With that in mind, let’s look at some things that we can implement for our kids and families families while still enjoying the wonders of the Holiday Season.

How Sugar Affects Our Teeth

When we indulge in sugary foods and drinks, they produce an excessive amount of oral bacteria that feeds on the sugars we eat. Harmful acids are created as a by-product that wears down tooth enamel. As tooth enamel grows weaker, it becomes more susceptible to tooth decay and other serious issues, such as gingivitis.

If you have sweet snacks around the house, it can be tempting to snack on those throughout the day. This is also true during parties, where we are constantly nibbling on homemade candies, cakes and pies or drinking sweet beverages like cola or wine. All the latest research confirms that snacking on sweets continuously will lead to tooth decay and gum disease much faster. The answer? Good, consistent dental care.

Since we know that we will most likely go ahead and enjoy those scrumptious holiday delicacies, then it’s best to make a commitment now to practice good oral hygiene. This can head off some potential dental problems and give us peace of mind about reaching for those chocolate covered raisins and peanut brittle.

Tip Number One

Buy a travel size toothbrush and toothpaste and stick it in your purse or pocket, especially when going out to a Christmas party or anywhere that rich, sugary foods will be served. It’s important to brush as soon as possible after having high-sugar foods and drinks.

Tip Number Two

Try to eat sweets and foods high in carbs as part of a balanced meal, instead of simply eating them alone. When eating larger meals, our bodies produce more saliva and this works to help digest foods and neutralize damaging acids before they can attack your teeth.

Stay Away from Sticky Foods

Try to limit your consumption of chewy or sticky foods. Some of these may seem nutritious, but foods that force you to chew them for a long time also stick to your teeth longer. After eating things like dried fruit, raisins, chewy candies and such, try to rinse out your mouth or brush as soon as possible.

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Let us take care of your children's teeth!  We are your hometown kids pediatric dentist!
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Back to School Special!!  $89 for full exam and cleaning!  Go back to class with a pearly white smile!! Special runs through the end of August!  Call Arkansas Pediatric Dentistry to book your appointment!  501-812-3109
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