Do you find that you stare at your little ones throughout holiday dinner time (and dessert time and beyond), just imagining the damage that might be happening to their smiles? Of course, they love all of the delicious things that come with Christmas time, such as candies, pastries, and more. Good news: Your Riverside children’s dentist can help you feel a lot less stressed, while offering easy tips to keep kids’ teeth safe.

Hand Little Ones Water

When you’re eating meals, enjoying desserts, and your kids are nibbling on snacks, take a moment to hand them water. Offer water during dinner. Hand them water if they’re thirsty. Offer it whenever you can! It will instantly wash some of those food particles off, so you don’t feel quite as anxious about their smile, explains your Riverside children’s dentist.

Offer Dessert Right After The Meal

Don’t wait an hour after dinner. Instead, place dessert in front of your kids right at the end of dinner, while mouths are already salivating! Eating sugar at this moment is less detrimental to smiles because saliva is working hard to wash away food and neutralize the oral pH.

Hand Out Sugarless Gum

This is not for very little ones, of course, who might swallow gum. However, for children old enough, handing out sugarless gum can be a great idea, explains your Riverside children’s dentist. Your kids won’t really be excited about brushing after a holiday meal or snack. However, gum is usually a wildly welcome treat (and it helps keep their smiles nice and clean when a toothbrush and paste are not an option).

Protect Your Kids’ Smiles With Easy Hints

Take our advice to heart and you’ll feel much better about keeping kids’ oral health A-OK this holiday season. Give us a call in Riverside, CA to schedule a consultation with your dentist. We are proud to serve patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.