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Taking Care of Your Dental Health During Easter

Pink and tan easter baskets filled with multi-colored plastic eggs and candy

When it comes to celebrating Easter and other major holidays, candy and other sweet treats are often a big component for both children and adults. The Easter bunny is bound to fill your baskets with Peeps, jellybeans and lots of chocolate, which all contain a large amount of sugar. While sugar is fine in moderation, eating sugar-rich food or candy too often can wreak havoc on your dental health as it can lead to dental plaque, tooth decay and other oral health problems.

However, sweet treats can still be a part of your celebration but it’s important to remember how to take care of your teeth if you consume sugar, and how to take care of your oral health afterwards.

Tips to keep in mind during Easter:

  • Many Easter treats can be a dental nightmare, so try to limit sticky and hard candy. Jellybeans and other sticky candy get stuck in your teeth, which allows sugar to sit in your mouth for a long period of time.
  • Snack on candies with a lower sugar content. If you’re craving chocolate, try dark chocolate treats and candy that contain less sugar and aren’t as harmful to your smile.
  • Swap out sugary snacks for savory ones. Deviled eggs are an Easter staple and pack a lot of protein and nutrients.
  • Eat healthier alternatives to candy. If you’re craving something sweet, whole fruit and nuts with chocolate taste great and can still satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • Drink water while consuming candy and other sweets. Staying hydrated is the best option to prevent dry mouth and limit bacteria.
  • If possible, brush with a fluoride toothpaste right after consuming sweets.

It is important to practice good oral hygiene throughout the year and to take the necessary steps to protect one’s teeth and mouth. In addition to the above tips, make sure to schedule regular dental checkups to prevent disease and bring any questions to a dental professional.

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