Written by Dr Rajeev Chitguppi
The festive season is here, and as we celebrate with sweets and treats, it’s crucial to look out for our kids’ dental health. Here are some simple yet smart ways to make sure those little teeth stay cavity-free during this happy time:
1. Choose smart sweets: Quality matters
When picking sweets, go for the good stuff. For example, dark chocolate has less sugar and even has some good stuff for our bodies. Also, sweets made of nuts and dry fruits are a healthier option.
2. Snack smartly: Timing is key
Snacking all day can hurt teeth. Reduce the frequency of snacking. Encourage regular meals and snacks to give the mouth a break. Try healthy snacks like fruits, veggies and cheese. They not only fill up hungry tummies but also keep teeth happy.
3. Water is the hero: Drink enough water!
Water is fantastic for teeth. After eating sweets, have your child drink plenty of water. It helps wash away the sugar and keeps teeth safe. Make it fun by adding a bit of mint or citrus flavour.
4. Water is the hero, yet again: Rinse well!
Teeth are covered with a thin, sticky film full of bacteria, which produces acid when exposed to sugar. It is this acid that causes cavities. Make sure the kids rinse their mouth well with water every time they eat something.
5. Brushing rule: Two minutes, twice a day
Brushing is a must, even when there are no festivities! Get your child to brush for two minutes, twice a day. Use toothpaste with fluoride – it’s like a shield for teeth. Play their favourite music or use colourful brushes to make brushing fun.
6. Teach the right brushing technique and monitor
Keep an eye on how your child brushes. Use small, circular motions and don’t forget the tongue and gums. Make sure they’re doing it right.
7. Regular dental check-up visits go a long way
Don’t forget to visit the dentist. Before the festivities kick in, make a trip to the dentist for a check-up. It’s like a health check for your child’s teeth. Early catch, early fix!
So, let’s make this festive season a time of joy and healthy smiles. With these easy steps, you can keep your child’s teeth happy and shining. Cheers to a season filled with laughter and bright smiles!
(Dr Rajeev Chitguppi is the head of research & innovations at ICPA Health Products Ltd.)