Did you know that we spend more than $2 billion on Easter candy?1 That equates to a lot of sugary snacks. While indulging in some Easter candy is to be expected, it’s important to limit the amount of sugar we consume and to follow proper dental care routines.
Nutrition is an extremely important part of a child’s overall health. When it comes to healthy teeth and gums, too much sugar can be problematic. Ingested sugar mixes with bacteria in the mouth to form a mild acid, which can cause damage to enamel and can contribute to the formation of cavities.2 Because of the increased amount of sugary treats available during Easter, it’s important to monitor your child’s sugar intake and ensure they aren’t forgetting to brush and floss.
To enjoy the Easter holiday without jeopardizing the health of teeth and gums, follow these tips:
- When consuming sugary treats, help to neutralize the acid by drinking plenty of water.
- Don’t brush teeth immediately after consuming sweets. Wait one hour after eating candy to allow the acid in the mouth to neutralize.
- Opt for dark chocolate treats, as it has been proven to strengthen enamel.3
- Stay clear of sticky candy because it can get trapped between teeth.
Remember, just because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean that proper dental care should be ignored. Proper oral health positively contributes to physical and mental health for both children and adults. Ensure that everyone brushes, flosses and makes healthy food choices — even during Easter.
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1 Fortune. “Americans spend more on candy for Easter than Halloween.” Retrieved February 20, 2018, from: http://fortune.com/2016/03/18/easter-spending-halloween.
2 Canadian Dental Association. “Nutrition for Children.” Retrieved February 20, 2018, from: http://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/cfyt/dental_care_children/nutrition.asp.
3 Ask the Dentist. “The Complete Guide to Easter Candy.” Retrieved February 20, 2018, from: https://askthedentist.com/easter-candy/.
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