Easter is just around the corner, and with Easter of course comes lots of chocolate! From Easter eggs to chocolate bars, the day is one big sugar-fest. It’s therefore natural to be concerned about your children’s teeth at Easter. But don’t worry – in this post, we’ll give some tips on how to minimise the damage to your children’s oral health.
1. Stick to the brushing routine
The Easter weekend is the time to indulge in sugary chocolate, but all that sugar can cause plaque and cavities if your children don’t brush their teeth properly. So it’s important that your children stick to their brushing routine throughout the Easter weekend, even amongst all the excitement. That means brushing at least twice a day, ideally once in the morning and once before they go to bed.
2. Don’t let your children graze on chocolate throughout the day
Eating sugar and chocolate is inevitable at Easter time. However, you can minimise the damage to your children’s teeth by limiting their consumption of chocolate to just a specific time of day. For example, you can let your children eat chocolate only in the morning, or after lunch. This is much better than letting your children graze on chocolate all day.
3. Small eggs are better
It’s tempting to get your children the biggest eggs you can find just to see the smile on their faces on Easter morning. But if you’re worried about their teeth, then it’s much better to get smaller eggs instead. Small eggs will still satisfy their chocolate cravings while also doing less damage to their teeth.
Also, try not to get eggs that come with additional treats like chocolate bars or bags of chocolate. The less chocolate that your children eat overall, the better it will be for their teeth.
4. Offer plenty of water
Water is the best drink for your teeth because it’s pH neutral and it doesn’t contain sugar. So make sure your children drink water during the Easter weekend instead of fizzy drinks or fruit juice.
5. Don’t give your children sticky sweets
Chocolate is the main treat associated with Easter, but we’ve also heard of parents giving out toffee and other sticky treats too. These don’t make ideal Easter treats because they can get stuck to your children’s teeth and therefore cause more damage. Opt for softer treats instead, like chocolate.
6. Give dark chocolate instead of milk or white chocolate
Dark chocolate is a healthier choice than milk and white chocolate because it contains less sugar. So if your kids don’t mind eating dark chocolate, then consider buying them a dark chocolate egg instead of a milk one.
7. Book a dental appointment after Easter
Book a dental appointment for your children after Easter to make sure there are no cavities forming. Even if you don’t do this, make sure your children are visiting the dentist every six months anyway, as recommended by the NHS.
It’s inevitable that your children’s teeth and chocolate will come into contact with each other this Easter, but we’re sure these tips will minimise the damage. Have a great Easter!