How To Protect Children’s Teeth This Christmas
Make sure it’s a white Christmas smile with these top tooth-saving tips...
19 December 2018
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With the festive season now in full swing, oral health is probably pretty low on your list of priorities. But as the season of giving begins, new research has found just how many sweet treats children are expected to eat at Christmas.
Bupa’s National Dental Survey shows the average child in Britain will chew through an average of five sweet treats a day over the festive period – amounting to a potential 35 sugary snacks over the Christmas week.
The survey also uncovered that a quarter of children aged 5-10 will exceed five sweet treats a day and one in ten aged 10-17 will eat more than 10 a day.
It’d be a little ‘bah-humbug’ to ban sweets at Christmas – after all, it is a time for celebration and indulgence. However, Preddy says that we should remember some sweets can be better than others.
“Instead of sticky treats that can get stuck on teeth, opt for ones that dissolve quickly, limiting their contact with enamel.
“For example, swap caramels, toffee and candy canes with plain dark chocolate, fresh fruit salads or a hot chocolate that’s heavy on the milk and lighter on the chocolate.
“You can even add a sprinkle of cinnamon to make it an extra Christmassy treat.”
2. Rinse after eating