Easter Treats & Your Teeth

Easter Treats & Your Teeth

Easter is easily one of our favourite holidays! It’s one of the last times you get to spend with family before Winter arrives. It’s filled with Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies and an assortment of the sweetest treats!

With Easter being around the corner, everyone is waiting with watering mouths. But no matter how delicious Easter treats can be, there is no denying just how dangerous they are for our teeth.

If you don’t have kids, you might just be able to enjoy Easter with just a toasted butter-filled Hot Cross Bun and some tea. But if you’re a parent, you have no other choice than to have an Easter egg hunt!

It is important to remember that Easter treats can still be tooth-friendly.

What are Your Favourite Easter Treats?

Do you know what Easter treats are unique to South Africa? Many South African families adore eating pickled fish, toasted hot cross buns and braaied snoek.

Any South African foodie will tell you that Easter is just not the same without a roasted leg of lamb.

Although all these homemade meals bring us heart-warming comfort, they can mean trouble for some people. Preparing these meals often includes ingredients and methods that are not safe for your teeth.

You might only live once, but what happens to your teeth stays with you forever.
If you want your smile to last as long as possible, you must limit eating certain foods.

Marshmallow eggs, speckled eggs and all chocolates stick to your teeth. The longer they stay on your teeth, the more the sugars damage your teeth.
Against better judgment, people tend to ignore the dentist’s recommendations about eating sweet treats. This is especially the case on holidays.

If you or your kids do indulge this Easter, dentists advise eating sweet treats as dessert after the main meal. Eating them throughout the day promotes prolonged sugar contact with your teeth. Here are more recommendations below.

How Can You Protect Your Teeth This Easter?

· Drink Water

Water flushes sugar, acid, and bacteria from your mouth. Every sip cleans your cheeks, tongue and teeth. If you eat too many treats this Easter, water can help wash them down before it’s too late.

• Eat Less Easter Eggs

Eating your treats all at once after the main meal is much safer for your teeth. Eating your Easter treats bit by bit throughout the day is not a good idea! Dentists advise that eating your treats once-off reduces gradual damage that may occur if you choose to eat sugary treats throughout the day.

• Brush Like A Dentist

You might think that brushing your teeth as soon as you’re done eating will help. You might think that it is the best way to clear away any sugar left on your enamel. But brushing immediately will only push sugars and acid around your mouth. Dentists recommend waiting at least 30 minutes before brushing and flossing.

• Consult A Dentist

In closing, the best way to protect your teeth this Easter is to visit your dentist for your regular check-up and cleaning.

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