With Easter just around the corner and all the sweet treats on offer, it’s important to remember to take care of your teeth. You may have noticed that the supermarket shelves are already lined with chocolate eggs, sweets and sticky treats in celebration of the Easter holiday. With all these tempting delicacies on offer, it can be hard to resist sugary snacks, but it’s definitely worth considering the impact they could have on your teeth. Each time you eat anything sugary, your teeth are under acid attack for up to one hour, producing harmful acids and increasing the risk of tooth decay. This means that it’s very important to keep sugary foods only to mealtimes, limiting the amount of time your mouth is at risk.
A few tips you can follow over Easter to help take the best care of your teeth without missing out on all the fun…
- Brush teeth twice a day for two minutes each time with a fluoride toothpaste, and remember to supervise children’s brushing if they’re under seven years of age
- Enjoy chocolate at mealtimes, rather than nibbling throughout the day
- When you’ve finished a meal, eat a small piece of cheese – it will help to neutralise the acids that cause tooth decay
You could also try swapping traditional children’s Easter activities for some other, more tooth-friendly ones…
- Give tooth-friendly Easter gifts such as sugar-free gum, xylitol sweets, toothbrushes, mouthwash or toothpaste
- Swap chocolate eggs for cuddly toys or fancy dress items
- Visit a small zoo or animal sanctuary as a special treat for children in the Easter holidays
- Pop some mini glow sticks inside Kinder egg containers and organise an Easter egg hunt in the dark
Reducing your sugar intake won’t just benefit your oral health, but can also improve your general wellbeing. Just remember to keep everything in moderation and stick to a good oral health care routine.
Have a very happy Easter!
Source: Denplan UK