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Healthy Holiday Treats for your Teeth

Maintaining the teeth and gums in good condition is not only essential in keeping a presentable, pleasant appearance, but also when it comes to preserving one's general health and wellness. However, statistics have shown that cases of tooth decay and gum disease have been rampant globally-an indication that oral health has yet to be taken more seriously.

The not-so-secret regimen is of course this: regular brushing of teeth, flossing, and dental consultations. But what's commonly forgotten by most people is that diet is also an important factor in keeping the teeth and gums healthy. Yes, what's in the fridge is just as important in what's by the bathroom sink when it comes to oral health!

Teeth's the season to be jolly! We've listed five creative recipes that you can enjoy over the holidays-without getting a toothache, of course.

Jan

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5 ADORABLE WAYS TO MAKE BRUSHING TEETH FUN FOR KIDS

Getting your kids to brush their teeth can be a struggle. For some reason, they hate brushing. They complain, they cry, even scream and much worse, sometimes do all three at once. You may need extra motivation to get them hooked on hygiene. So if you’re having trouble getting started, here are 5 tips on how to make brushing fun for the kiddos:

Buy the right toothbrush

Bring your kids to the convenience or grocery store and let them choose their own toothbrush. An exciting toothbrush can help your child look forward to brush time. There are toothbrushes that have a lighted timer, others play music, and there’s probably one that features your child’s favorite character on the side. Letting your kids choose their own toothbrush can actually help them become more responsible with their teeth and gums. If it also helps, encourage them to choose their own toothpaste too! Trust me, all these steps will do the tricks. Your kids will start to enjoy brushing in no time!

Think of a brushing contest

Come up with a brushing contest. Make sure it will be fun. Whoever remembers to brush their teeth first, and completes the job well, gets to choose the bedtime story that night. Have a contest for who can find the best song to brush teeth to. Try out all the songs, one per night, and have a family vote at the end to choose the best one. Having a competition may be helpful to get everyone into a habit of healthy brushing.

Turn brush time into a story time

Reading stories about teeth brushing is a great way to educate your children on the importance of oral health care. After you read a story together, make up your own story with your kids. Gear the story toward your child’s personality as some will love having a "cavity monster" that needs to be destroyed by "Super Brush man!" The more your children are able to get into the story, the easier it will be for them to look forward to brushing their teeth.

Try reading a story to them while they brush their teeth. Based on how long it takes you to read a short story, you can finish the story at the same time your child should be finished brushing their teeth.