How to Keep Your Family's Teeth Holiday Healthy

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the American Dental Association.

This isn't something I've talked a lot about on the blog is that I'm actually a certified dental assistant. If you've been a long time follower, you may remember back in 2012 when I announced that I'd graduated from my program, but that's been about the only mention. But many of you know my undergrad degree is in public health, and pairing both my knowledge of dental assisting and public health, I'm actually pretty passionate about the two.


With the holiday season upon us, we all want bright healthy smiles to show off in our family portraits, and a trip to the dentist for a cavity is a quick way to put a damper on holiday festivities. Today I'm partnering with the American Dental Association to give you some tips and tricks to keep you and your family's teeth healthy and bright this holiday season.


Use the right products: A few weeks ago, Derek was in charge of buying new toothbrushes at the store. He bragged about how he got all 6 for a dollar. A couple weeks in I could have sworn my teeth were turning yellow. Sure enough, I bought a new toothbrush and after the first use, my teeth were visibly cleaner after getting off all the buildup that the cheap toothbrush wasn't getting.

You want to make sure that you're brushing twice a day with toothpaste that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance, and that has fluoride.  Derek and I have a favorite for ourselves, but you can see the full list of ADA-Accepted products on their site when you click on the "ADA Seal Products" tab.



Make Smart Food Choices: Of course, we want to make sure we're not over-indulging this holiday season, but there are certain foods that we heavily restrict with our kids. The number one being things that are gummy or chewy. At Jay's semi-annual teeth cleaning, our dentist mentioned that he has deep grooves in his back molars. If fruit snacks get stuck back there and sit on his teeth all day, he’s more at risk for a cavity. For this reason, we limit fruit snacks and those types of treats from our kids’ diet. I'm not nearly as worried about chocolates since they brush off the teeth significantly easier. We also try and limit overly acidic foods like soda and orange juice which can lead to tooth decay and gum damage over time.


Obviously, moderation is key. If you're going to be eating lots of sweets this holiday season, make sure to also include foods like nuts, seeds, dairy, and high fiber fruits and vegetables which can replenish the necessary phosphates, vitamins, and minerals in you need for healthy and strong teeth.

Be sure to check out MouthHealthy.Org for some creative holiday snack ideas, and click here for some more tips on avoiding cavities during the holidays.


Make Your Check Ups a Priority: This is something that Derek and I need to be better at for ourselves, but we make sure to get the kids into the dentist regularly. The benefit to regular checkups is that you can catch things early on before they become a big problem, and you can change habits and adjust as needed. Jay used to eat fruit snacks daily, but once our dentist explained to us how prone to cavities he was, we were able to adjust and remove them from his diet before it became a problem.

These are all the major tips I have for oral health during the holiday season. For more ideas on keeping your pearly whites healthy, be sure to head over to MouthHealthy.org for more tips, tricks, and awesome meal ideas!

Thanks to the American Dental Association for sponsoring this post.

20 comments

  1. Great tips - love all the photos - so cute!

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  2. Always change your toothbrush after recovering from an illness (cold, flu and anything requiring antibiotics. Keep toothbrushes in those little plastic cases found at WalMart. The bathroom has the most airborne bacteria in your home. Check with your water company to see if fluoride is added to you water (municipal supply). Too much is as bad as too little.

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  3. I really need to get better with making checkups a priority. Growing up we went to the dentist twice a year, but now between work and parenting, I’ve let 2 years go by without a checkup. Thanks for sharing these tips and reminding me to keep my health first!

    Xoxo,
    Amber S. | www.thesuburbansocialite.com

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  4. This is great information. I never knew that a cheaper toothbrush could lead to less healthy teeth. I think I need to double check as I've noticed a changed recently as well.

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  5. This is a good reminder that dental care is always important specially in times of holidays where we have bunch of celebration to eat lots of food.

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  6. Perfect timing! We never eat so many sweets and snacks as around Christmas and with all the family gatherings and the rush, it's easy to forget how important it is to keep our teeth in constant check.

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  7. This is great information to us. I never knew that a cheaper toothbrush could lead to less healthy teeth. I think I need to double check as I've noticed a changed recently as well.

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  8. I have not been to the dentist in ages. A really bad thing I assume. I never put much money into teeth health but your post made me want to change that

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  9. I am terrible at making check ups a priority - definitely something to work on :) Luckily I propable use the right products since I have no teeth problem! :)

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  10. These are wonderful suggestions of how to help care for our kiddos dental health anytime not just at the holidays. Shell

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  11. Great information! Keeping this for when my son is a bit older. He is not two yet and it's so hard to get him to brush his teeth (or let me do it). I'm constantly inventing stories about sharks and crocodiles to keep him motivated. :)

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  12. Using he right products is so important. I once bought my toddler the wrong size tooth brush and it was impossible to get her to brush her teeth. But once I realized m mistake and got her the right size brush, complete 150.

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  13. I've learnt a lot reading your post! thank you, that list of toothpastes came in handy!

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  14. This is a lot of helpful information! Taking care of your teeth is so important! Especially using the right products!

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  15. Great tip on the cheaper toothbrush. Never thought about that! We make sure the kids have dental cleaning twice a year.

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  16. Wow great tips !!
    I really never knew this
    Thanks for such a lovely post it was indeed very informative!

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  17. Lovely post. Holidays are indulgent. So taking care of dental hygiene is all the more important. And that too with right kind of product.

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  18. I have a thing with children's teeth. They should look white and without defect since teeth reflect a lot not only about the kid's character but also the parents'.

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  19. Such a great information. I am glad that you find the perfect toothbrush for your son in the cheaper price. Dental care is so important so that we need to took care of our teeth.

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  20. Dental hygiene is indeed important but it is also extremely costly in Singapore. I wish they are more affordable and that will encourage more people to get their teeth checked regularly!

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