The Easter Bunny Brings Sugar—And Cavities

easter egg basket - candy and teethWhen people think of holidays that promote the consumption of sugar, they often think of Halloween and Christmas—but what about Easter? Now that Spring is in full bloom and the Easter bunny is rapidly approaching (or should I say hopping?), it’s important to keep your children’s oral hygiene at the forefront of your mind. Although it may be tempting to let your children indulge in special Easter treats such as chocolate eggs, jelly belly’s and sugar-coated marshmallows, it’s best to try and set a limit so that their teeth don’t get too harmed in the process.

Believe it or not, tooth decay in young children that is left untreated is one of the most common oral hygiene cases in our society today. Don’t fret yet though, as there are various ways one can help aid the negative effect sugar has on your children’s teeth. The first, and most obvious, is done by simply brushing your teeth. The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends using a toothpaste with fluoride, otherwise known as nature’s cavity fighter. Fluoride does an eggs-cellent job at preventing tooth decay by making the teeth more resilient against acid attacks and plaque buildup from sugar. Another good tip (if your kids are old enough) is to encourage them to chew on some sugar-free gum. Chewing gum actually increases the production of saliva, which in return weakens the acids in your mouth that can eventually cause tooth decay.

If you instead decide that you want to avoid the hassle from all the sugary temptations this Easter Holiday, we recommend replacing the treats with healthier alternatives, as this is the easiest and most efficient way to avoid untreated tooth decay in children. Snacks like fresh fruit and granola bars can make great and delicious replacements. As always after a holiday like Easter, we recommend booking an appointment with your dentist to keep both your teeth and your children’s teeth, not only healthy, but happy too.

Have a Hoppy Easter!