Easter is a time for fun, family, and of course, lots of delicious treats in the Easter basket. While it’s OK to indulge in a little bit of candy, it’s important to be mindful of the impact it can have on your child’s teeth and gums. Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan is here to help you make Easter more tooth-friendly for your family this year.
Fill (at least some) Eggs With Stickers and Play-Dough Instead of Candy
One way to reduce the impact of Easter candy on your child’s teeth is to fill eggs with non-candy treats such as stickers or small toys. Sugar-free gum is OK too as long as they aren’t wearing braces! This will give your child a fun surprise, and it won’t harm their teeth.
Opt for Chocolate (It’s Not as Sticky!)
When you include candy in your Easter celebration, opt for chocolate. Chocolate is less sticky than other types of candy and is less likely to get stuck on your child’s teeth.
Eat Candy Right After Meals Instead of Snacking All Day Long
Another way to make Easter more tooth-friendly is to eat candy right after a meal or at one sitting during the day instead of snacking on it all day long. When you eat candy, your mouth is exposed to sugar and acid, which is the cause of tooth decay. When you snack on it less frequently, you reduce the amount of time your child’s teeth are exposed.
Be Sure Your Child is Using a Fluoridated Toothpaste and Rinse
Finally, be sure your child is using fluoridated toothpaste twice a day. Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps to strengthen teeth and prevent cavities. Maybe consider putting a tube of their favorite toothpaste or a bottle of fluoride mouth rinse to use before bed in the Easter basket with the other goodies sitting in the synthetic grass.
So, during this Easter season, be mindful of the impact dietary and oral hygiene choices can have on your child’s oral health. By following these simple tips, you can make the holiday more tooth-friendly for your family. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan.