With Easter upon us, there’s a mad scramble to purchase the last few remaining sweet treats sitting on the shelves. When choosing which treats to get, try to choose the ones that can be eaten quickly and melt away easily, rather than sticking to teeth:
- Chocolate is a better idea than sticky marshmallow.
- Hollow chocolate bunnies or eggs are easier on teeth than solid chocolate.
- Avoid the treats filled with a gooey, sticky filling (caramel, creme eggs) that will linger on teeth long after the chocolate is gone.
Also, try to introduce your kids to dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa) by getting them dark chocolate easter treats instead of milk chocolate (or at least a mix of the two):
- Dark chocolate contains a much lower proportion of sugar than milk chocolate.
- Dark chocolate has some compounds which have been shown to be anti-bacterial (helping to reduce plaque) as well as helping to harden tooth enamel.
- Dark chocolate also has many other compounds (anti-oxidants, flavonols, etc.) which have been shown to be beneficial to the body.
Alternatives to Sweet Treats
To minimise the amount of sweet treats at easter, you can also make up a teeth friendly Easter basket for children… Try filling their basket with mini Lego or other toys, egg shaped chalk, art provisions, carrot sticks, decorated hard boiled eggs or small plush toys. In addition, an egg hunt on Sunday is a must in my household, but instead of chocolate eggs, we buy hollow plastic eggs (remember to keep these and re-use them each year) and fill them kid-pleasers like:
- Temporary tattoos
- Rubber stamps, small erasers and other stationary items
- Spare change for the money box
- Small erasers
- Special Treat Coupons (e.g. an extra hour of media time, stay up for an hour past bedtime, dinner of your choice)
No matter how little or much chocolate we end up eating this easter, remember it’s still important to practice good oral hygiene. And while the kids are on school holidays, it’s a great time to get them to visit the dentist for a checkup. Remember, at Goodwood Dental, we offer free check-ups for children all the way up to the age of 17. Call us on 08 8373 3951 if you’d like to discuss any aspect of your children’s dental needs or book an appointment online today!
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and safe Easter break. We’re closed over the 4 days of the long weekend, however if you do need urgent dental care over the break, please try to contact us and as always we will do our best to accommodate you.