The holidays are full of great traditions like gathering with family to enjoy a big meal together. Sometimes, this is the only time of year you can get together like this. But just because something happens each Easter doesn’t mean it’s a healthy tradition. Given all the candy and food that gets eaten, Easter can be a rough time on your family’s teeth.
Call Douglas A. Callow, DDS today at 734-404-7336 to schedule post-holiday appointments for your whole family. All those Easter traditions with food and drink can hurt your family’s smiles, but a trusted, trained dentist like Dr. Callow can spot and treat problems before they get big.
Keep Their Teeth Healthy
Easter Sunday is a day to enjoy baskets of candy, big meals with family, and plenty to drink. All of this can cause problems like cavities and gum disease, so here are a few specific tips for helping keep teeth healthy.
- Replace some candy with games instead: While it’s traditional to have candy during Easter, there’s no reason why you have to give lots of it to your children. But the holiday is more about family than food, so why not give some games instead? This way, your family eats better but spends more time together.
- Enjoy some candy, then put the baskets away: It’s not like you have to get rid of all sweets this Easter. Everyone should be able to enjoy a little bit. But one Easter tradition is to keep a basket full of candy out all day (or week) long. This encourages unhealthy snacking, so once everyone has had some candy, put the baskets away where you cannot see them.
- Avoid sweets that are hard, brightly colored, or sticky: Any sugar encourages cavities and gum disease, but some is worse than others. Candy that’s sticky gets trapped on your teeth. Colorful candy can stain your family’s teeth, while hard candy can slightly damage enamel.
- Rinse after meals and snacks: It’s not realistic to expect everyone to brush all day on Easter Sunday, but the next best thing is to rinse with plain water after every time they eat. This helps wash away food particles that allow harmful bacteria to thrive and create more tooth decay.
- Limit how much alcohol or soda your family enjoys: Sugary soda is one of the worst things for your teeth, so try your best to discourage your family from drinking it. As with candy, a little is fine but don’t let kids go crazy with soda. Alcohol is traditional for many families, but it dries out your mouth and usually has acids that can damage enamel.
Know What Damages Teeth
What causes dental problems like cavities? There are four food and drink problems you should know before starting your Easter holiday.
- Acid: Found in juices and sodas, this erodes a small amount of enamel. Over time, this adds up and weakens your teeth.
- Alcohol: This dries out your mouth. That’s a problem because you depend on saliva to help wash away food particles that feed harmful bacteria.
- Sugar: You already know this is bad for your teeth!
- Carbs: Carbohydrates are very similar to sugar, so even eating a lot of dinner rolls or mashed potatoes can encourage those bacteria.