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Healthy Holiday Treats For Your Kids

December 7, 2020 3:41 pm Published by Image by Allrecipes.com

The holidays are a time of celebration, festivity, and a little bit of indulgence. When it comes to your little ones, don’t lose sight of their dental health during this hectic time. Remember, plaque and bacteria don’t take vacation time! In this blog post, Pleasanton Children’s Dentistry & Braces has some suggestions for healthy holiday treats to keep your child’s teeth on the nice list.

Fruit

Fruit is an excellent option for healthy snacking. The vitamins and minerals in fruit strengthen teeth and increase salivation, which is also essential for good oral health. Fruit kabobs, fruit parfaits and fruit trays are beautiful for holiday get togethers. You can also get creative with fruits if you want to emphasize holiday themes as indicated by the “Grinch Kabobs” shown in the photo above.

Two lovely fruit parfaits for healthy holiday snacking.Image by Rita from Pixabay

Carrots

If they’re good enough for Rudolph, your kids should love them too! Carrots are one of the most tooth-healthy foods around. Not only are they nutritious, but they actually help to clean the teeth. When your little one chomps away at a carrot stick, they are wiping bad plaque, bacteria, and food particles away from the surface of their teeth.

Sugar-free Gum

Try not to give in to your kids when they crave candy over the holidays. Instead, go for a pack of sugar-free peppermint chewing gum for a little bit of festive flavor. Sugar-free gum is tasty, sweet, and like the carrots, lends some cleaning power as your child chews.

The Cheese Plate

One spot in the holiday spread to steer your child toward is the ever-popular cheese plate. Cheese is rich in tooth-strengthening calcium and is often surrounded by similarly nutrient-rich nuts and veggies, which also possess that crunchy cleaning power. Just stay away from the dried fruits and spreads, which are full of cavity-causing sugars.

Quality Care for Kids & Teens in Pleasanton, TX

When the holidays are over, make sure you’ve got your visits lined up for the new year! The best way to recover from holiday indulgences? A nice, deep tooth cleaning! Give us a call to ensure that your family’s next visits are on the books, or click on the link below to request an appointment.

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This post was written by Jerry Agiliga

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