We always plan on having a happy and healthy easter long weekend, right?? But those hot cross buns and the chocolate bunnies are calling out our name. Easter is often all about the sweet treats and gooey confections for us all to enjoy.
Dr Jack shares his top 4 tips for keeping your teeth healthy during Easter, helping you keep your teeth cavity free and your kids happy, while showing them how to maintain good oral health.
- Snack on cheese, celery, carrot or apple after chocolate and try to limit sticky treats: We know this may be easier said than done, however sticky sweet treats are difficult to clean off your teeth and may create long-lasting effects. Try and limit to sweet treat sessions and not all day, this gives your mouth a chance to remineralise your teeth with a protective layer of saliva.
- Drink plenty of water: We all should drink more water, no matter what time of the year, but this is especially important over the easter holiday. Drinking water while eating sweet candy treats will help keep your mouth in balance and stop it from drying out. A dry mouth is an ideal setting for bacteria, mix that with the acid and sugar from candy and this equals high risk of cavities.
- Chew Sugar-free gum: Chewing supports our bodies natural way of producing saliva, a natural acid neutralising substance. Saliva produced while chewing sugar-free gum may help minimise any negative effects caused by eating candy during easter. Plus chewing may actually help dislodge any candy that may be stuck between your teeth and gums.
- Keep up your brushing routine: It is easy to forget about your oral care routine during a long weekend. But it is one of the best times to teach your family the importance of brushing and flossing regularly. Be sure to show your kids how it is done, by showing them it is important to you, they’ll be more likely to continue these good habits themselves.
Easter long weekend may be one of those times you do overindulge and it is likely it won’t cause any serious harm to your overall oral health, but try and limit the potential damage that may be caused from too much sugary treats, and we hope these tips for keeping your teeth healthy during Easter will help.
If you need any further information or are worried about your families oral health make an appointment with Dr Jack today.
Dr Jack is available at Infinity Dental Care six days a week Monday to Saturday with evening appointments available. To find out more about how our friendly team can help you overcome your dental phobia, contact the Infinity Dental Care team. You will find us in The Winston Hills Mall, 180 Caroline Chisholm Drive, Winston Hills NSW 2153. Call our friendly staff on (02) 9838 9111 to schedule a consultation.