The Easter bunny is on his way, and no-one wants to spoil the fun at this time of year. Many of us have very happy childhood memories of Easter egg hunts and want our children to enjoy a similar experience.
Unfortunately, over the years Easter has become much more commercialized, and the stores are full of Easter candy and egg-shaped treats. It’s easy to think it’s just a holiday and that a little sugar won’t hurt. The more we learn about sugar and its effects on dental health in Ajax and its impact on general health, the more critical it is to ensure our kids grow up with healthy habits that are sustainable for life.
We already know that sugary treats increase the risk of childhood tooth decay. The earlier children have dental problems such as cavities, the higher the risk of them suffering from complex oral health problems as adults. Here at Margolian Dentistry, we much prefer to take a preventative approach to children’s dental health which is why we are always a little concerned about Easter and the possibility of tooth decay and toothache in Oshawa! Despite all this gloom and doom, Easter is meant to be a happy holiday and even the sweetest toothed among us can still enjoy it without sacrificing the fun.
Simple Tips to Follow This Easter
Whenever you or your kid eat something sweet or sticky, bacteria in the mouth feast on the leftovers, producing acid which weakens tooth enamel. Over time this acid can gradually erode tooth enamel, creating cavities. It’s pretty unrealistic to think your kids won’t eat any candy but there are a few things you can do to help minimize its effects on their teeth.
1. Encourage your child to eat their Easter eggs with plenty of water because this helps to neutralize the acids produced by bacteria as they feast on leftover particles of candy.
2. Get them to vigorously swish water around their mouth because this can help to dislodge particles of candy stuck on the teeth and in between them.
3. Make sure they eat candy at the end of the main meal rather than snacking on it all day. When you eat something sweet, it exposes your teeth to acid, and this is why it’s better to eat candy all at once rather than picking at it over the day.
4. After they’ve eaten, ensure your child waits at least half an hour to an hour before brushing. Waiting allows acidity levels in the mouth to normalize which is essential because acids weaken tooth enamel. When you brush immediately after eating something sweet, your tooth enamel is softer and more easily brushed away.
Which Are the Best and Worst Easter Candies for Kid’s Teeth in Whitby?
It might surprise you to learn, but chocolate is one of the better candies because it soon melts and is more easily washed away by saliva. If you can, try to encourage your child to enjoy the taste of dark or bitter chocolate because this is a little healthier.
The worst candies are anything that is sticky, and which is difficult to remove through regular brushing and flossing. The longer candy sticks to your child’s teeth, the worse the damage. Some parents like to substitute candy with crackers or pretzels, or with dried fruit. Unfortunately, all these foods can be just as bad for children’s teeth because they contain simple carbohydrates which can be easily converted to acid by bacteria.
Alternatively, you could encourage your child to decorate real, hard-boiled eggs and turn it into a family tradition!