It is Easter time! And what is Easter without CHOCOLATE? Unfortunately, chocolate (because of the sugar it contains) can mean bad news for your teeth and oral health. How you and your children manage the increased intake of sugary products is very important.
Here’s a 4-Step guide to keep Easter a happy holiday without letting your children’s teeth suffer.
Limit chocolate and other sweet treats to meal times
Children may be tempted to have chocolate every few hours but this is not good for their teeth. Every time you eat anything sweet, teeth are under acid attack for almost an hour. Having a sweet and sugary treat every few hours keeps the teeth under constant acid attack. This can certainly cause tooth decay.
The best way out is to limit the amount of chocolate children eat, maybe just one small Easter egg and minimize the frequency of chocolate eating. Rather than constant snacking, keeping chocolate limited to meal times reduce the frequency of teeth coming into contact with sugar.
Select low-sugar chocolate alternatives
Choose sugar-free and low-sugar chocolates to reduce exposure and damage to teeth. Any ingredients that end in ‘ose’ show that the product contains sugar.
Offer Healthy Snack Options
Good oral health begins with a diet rich in vitamins, minerals and that can come from fresh fruit and vegetables. Help your children develop a taste for these instead of simply sweets and chocolate.
Stop chocolate an hour before bed
Sugary foods erode the enamel on the teeth. Brushing directly after eating can cause more damage by brushing away the weakened surface. Allow your children’s teeth time to recover and then allow them to brush right before they go to sleep.