Easter is a time for family, friends, and all sorts of wonderful treats. As much as we love marshmallow chicks and egg-shaped peanut butter cups, it’s extremely important to keep your child’s oral health in mind. At Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we have tips to help make Easter more tooth-friendly while still enjoying holiday festivities.
Alternatives to Easter Chocolates
Sugary candies are common Easter treats, but there are plenty of alternatives that are just as tasty while being “less bad” for your child’s teeth. For instance, you can opt for sugar-free alternatives or chocolate, which doesn’t stick to teeth for long periods of time. Or, you can cut back on candy and calories altogether and gift small toys or stickers instead.
Drink Lots of Water
When we eat sugary or sticky candy, the bacteria in our mouths feed on the sugar and produce acid. Especially when the sticky texture sits on our teeth for a long time. Then, the acid attacks tooth enamel and can lead to decay. Drinking water after eating Easter treats helps wash away the acid and sugars and reduces your little one’s chances of tooth damage.
Opt for Sugar-Free Gum
Including sugar-free gum in an Easter basket is a great idea. It can help stimulate saliva production and reduce plaque buildup on teeth. Some sugar-free gums contain xylitol, a natural sweetener that prevents tooth decay. Just know that if your child tends to swallow their gum, avoid xylitol for now (it can give them an upset stomach if they ingest too much.)
We Love Candy, Too!
It’s especially important to maintain good oral hygiene during holidays like Easter. Make sure your kids brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once a day.
If you have any concerns about your child’s oral health this spring, contact us Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry and we’ll be happy to help. Happy Easter!