Easter is a fun holiday filled with sweet treats, snacks and desserts. Unfortunately, all that sugar isn’t much fun for your teeth, and you could risk damage to your oral health. You might chip a tooth on solid sweets, suffer from tooth decay as a result of too much sugar, or fall out of your usual oral hygiene routine and end up with plaque. Following the simple below tips will allow you to enjoy Easter without damaging your teeth.
Avoid chocolate eggs with crunchy shells
Eating sweets that are too solid can cause teeth to chip, which is painful and inconvenient. Try to avoid eggs with hard, crunchy shells, sticking instead to solid chocolate which won’t be hard to bite into. If your teeth are already weakened or damaged, choose soft Easter candies, like egg-shaped marshmallows and chewy sweets, to minimize the risk of chips. If you do chip a tooth, you’ll need to visit your dentist as soon as possible for treatment. Veneers can be used to cover small chips, while crowns may be necessary for larger fractures.
Don’t eat too much sugar
Planning ahead will help you to avoid eating too much sugar. If you’ll be cooking special meals for Easter, try to avoid anything too sugary or acidic, and choose foods like vegetables, cheese and nuts. Nobody wants to miss out on all the Easter goodies, so try to keep chocolate treats to mealtimes, instead of snacking constantly throughout the day. This means that your teeth aren’t constantly coated in sugar, and there’s less opportunity for plaque to develop.
Stick to a good oral hygiene routine
Once you feel like you’ve ruined your routine by eating too much sugar, it can be tempting to let all of your good habits slip. This is a big mistake. Sticking to a routine of brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing and using mouthwash helps to minimize the effects of sugar on your teeth. Once the holiday is over, you could visit your dentist for a professional clean and polish to get your oral health back on track.
Don’t let sweet treats damage your teeth this Easter. Keep your smile looking dazzling by avoiding hard sweets, minimizing the amount of sugar you consume, and sticking to a good oral hygiene routine.