Look after Your Teeth This Easter and You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It Too
There’s no denying the Easter bunny looks cute, but not everyone is pleased to see his sugary gifts. If you’re concerned about the effect of chocolate on your children’s teeth, there are ways you can make sure they have an enjoyable Easter without harming their pearly whites.
Why Is Sugar Bad for Teeth?
Sugar harms teeth because it feeds harmful mouth bacteria. These bacteria create acids that erode teeth, eventually causing cavities. Letting children snack on sweet treats frequently increases the time their teeth are exposed to harmful acids, increasing the risk of cavities. When your kids do eat chocolate or other sweet treats, encourage them to eat them all at one go and preferably as part of a main meal.
Reducing the Risk of Cavities
Ensuring your children’s teeth are exposed to these acids for as little time as possible will help prevent cavities. After eating something sweet, kids should rinse their mouth with water, and it’s best to wait at least half an hour before letting them brush their teeth. During this time their mouth naturally becomes less acidic, allowing the tooth enamel that has been softened by acids to re-harden. Brushing their teeth while the tooth enamel is still soft can increase the damage to their pearly whites.
Finally, encourage your kids to snack on healthy foods during Easter, for example, sugar-free yoghurt and cheese that contain calcium to help strengthen their teeth.