Easter is fast approaching, shops have lots of eggs and cake and you might be tempted to buy more chocolate. In the midst of all the fun during the holidays it’s important that we don’t forget to look after our health, especially our oral health if we have consumed large amounts of sugar.
Here are 6 tips on how you and your children can minimise tooth decay:
1. Easter is a time of gift-giving, so why not encourage your children to look after their teeth by getting them a new toothbrush, or their own toothpaste, along with an egg, so they know when they have eaten their chocolate to be sure to brush their teeth. Perhaps buy them a new electric toothbrush, especially if they only use a manual one, this will make them want to try it out and brush their teeth after consuming those treats.
2. Try to encourage your children to eat in moderation e.g. a little bit at a time, maybe after dinner as a treat.
3. Put the chocolate away and out of reach so that the children aren’t snacking on it between meals.
4. When you eat an Easter egg, or sugary treat, drink a glass of tap water to wash away any sugars. It is recommended by health experts that we should drink up to 8 glasses of water a day.
5. Try eating a small piece of cheese after a sugary Easter treat as cheese helps to stimulate saliva, neutralise acid and keep bacteria from sticking to the surface of the teeth.
6. Always brush and floss straight after you eat chocolate, cake or sweets.
Despite myths that chocolate is bad for you it is actually good for you in moderation as long as you attend regular dental check-ups, brush twice a day and floss your teeth.