For some parents, it’s too late to put a stop to all of the chocolatey goodies that their kids received over Easter. Already, children are probably munching their way through their collection on a daily basis. But, while chocolate eggs make a nice holiday treat, they shouldn’t make a regular appearance in your child’s diet after Easter is over. If your children are still eating their Easter spoils then you need to make sure that their teeth aren’t at risk of decay. In order to do this, here are some tips on how to keep their Easter treats form ruining their teeth.
Limit snacking on chocolate
Snacking on little bits of chocolate throughout the day is just as actually worse for their teeth than eating the same amount in one sitting. This is because, rather than giving time for the chocolate to wash out of your children’s mouth, continuously snacking means that your children will keep putting chocolate in their mouth and producing more acids from the sugars. So, keep the chocolate out of reach during the day and choose healthier snack options. If you want to give them chocolate you should only allow them to have one or two chocolatey treats a day.
Drink lots of water
To ensure that the bacteria left by sweets is being effectively neutralised, your children should be drinking water throughout the day and after eating their sweets. By swishing water around their mouth they can also clear away any chocolate that might be coating their gums or tongue and remove any pieces that are trapped between their teeth.
Don’t eat chocolate before brushing your teeth
If there is sugar and chocolate still lingering on your children’s teeth before they brush, brushing might just rub the harmful acids deeper into their teeth and distribute it around their mouth. So, after eating chocolate, your children should wait at least 30 minutes and drink lots of water before brushing their teeth. It also helps to use mouthwash before brushing their teeth rather than after to neutralise any lingering acids. You can find many child friendly mouthwashes in our best mouthwash options.
Be wary of certain types of sweets
While chocolate tends to be eaten quite quickly and doesn’t linger on the teeth for too long, other types of sweets can be disastrous for teeth, especially hard candies. Sweets that children can suck on, like lollipops and hard-boiled sweets, tend to stay in your children’s mouth for longer, which means that more acid is produced and stays in their mouth. If possible, steer your children clear of these types of sweets or offer them healthier alternatives.
Visit the dentist
If your child didn’t have a check-up before Easter then they most definitely should go for one after Easter. If there are any signs of cavities or decay, they need to be addressed immediately and you should avoid allowing your child to eat sweets until your dentist has addressed the issue. Even if there isn’t anything wrong with your child’s oral health, your child’s dentist will be able to help you protect your child’s teeth and prevent any damage that might be caused by hoarded Easter sweets.