Easter means chocolate, and lots of it!

As Easter approaches, it’s easy to overindulge on goodies and treats; however, it’s important to keep your oral health in mind when celebrating. Even though it may only be one day, the choices you make throughout the day can impact your oral health. Dr Joy Lee wants to see you keep your smile as healthy as possible. These 7 simple tips will keep your mouth healthy this Easter.

#1 Don’t Dismiss your Routine
It is especially important that throughout the Easter weekend you make sure that you do not ditch your oral hygiene routine. The worst thing to do is forget about your teeth over the Good Friday to Easter Sunday period as this is prime time for indulging in dinners out, sugary snacks and alcohol – all of which can wreak havoc on your teeth! You need to make sure that you are still looking after your teeth even amongst all the excitement. Make sure that you always brush your teeth at least twice a day, starting with when you wake up and remember to brush when you get home also, even if it is late.

#2 Fluoride and Floss are Friends
Brushing your teeth regularly is key to keeping your teeth and gums healthy, but if this isn’t possible then why not take a fluoride mouthwash in your bag so you can rinse after meals? If you cannot rinse with a fluoride mouthwash after your meal, chew sugar-free chewing gum to help minimise damage, and try to keep some floss in your bag to dislodge any stubborn food residue when you cannot brush or rinse.
#3 Try ‘Treat o’clock’
It is inevitable that sweets and chocolate are going to be consumed over Easter, however you can minimise the damage they cause by limiting yourself to consuming sweet treats at a specific time ie straight after meals as a dessert, rather than continual grazing and snacking throughout the day. This will limit your teeth’s exposure to the sugary treats.

#4 Cut Back on the Biting
Toffees and hard sweets are out in full force at Easter and they can pull out fillings as well as getting stuck between your teeth so aren’t ideal Easter treats! These aren’t easily rinsed away either, meaning that the sugars present within them have longer to wear down your enamel. Instead of sticky sweets and toffees, why not opt for some softer, melt-in-the-mouth treats instead, such as caramel-filled eggs or pralines?

#5 Embrace the Dark Side
Dark chocolate is often a better choice as it can contain less sugar than other chocolate options you might come across. Also try not to go for the biggest egg you can possibly find and try not to get an egg that comes with an additional array of treats. Sticking to a smaller-sized egg will satisfy your treat-cravings and your desire to indulge whilst limiting the damage caused to your teeth.

#6 Wash it Down Well
Try to drink plenty of water when indulging in Easter treats, instead of fizzy drinks and sugary juices, as they are very acidic and cause erosion of the teeth. Rinsing with water after each dose of chocolate will rinse away some of the excess sugar in the mouth. You could also try a milkshake as a great alternative treat for the Easter weekend.

#7 Treat your Teeth
It is inevitable that your teeth will be overwhelmed with rich treats over the Easter period but hopefully these tips will keep damage to the minimum. Why not treat your teeth to a hygienist appointment as a follow-up to the season?

Take care of your teeth and gums with proper daily routine of brushing and flossing. Eat nutritious, healthy foods and your tummy will thank you. If your diet has impacted your oral health with severe tooth decay or tooth loss, you should know that you always have options.

Call Bayview Dental Centre today on 07 55371828 to find out about the options available to you.