Spring has sprung and that means the Easter Bunny has probably made the rounds to deliver festive treats to your family! We’re all for keeping the fun of Easter alive all month long for the kiddos with special traditions and activities, but our main priority is keeping their smiles healthy. So if your little one woke up to an Easter basket full of goodies, we’d love to give you a few tips and tricks on how to help them maintain a healthy smile in the days following Easter. Read on to learn more about warding off cavities and protecting your kiddo’s smile!
- Balance Candy Consumption with Healthy Snacks
- Practice Healthy At-Home Hygiene Routines
- Hop to It–Schedule Your Child’s Checkup Today!
With Easter comes bunny-shaped chocolates, Cadbury creme eggs, and Peeps—talk about sugar galore. While we’re all about being festive, too much of these sugary treats can wreak havoc on your child’s oral health. Rather than letting them snack on their Easter candy for days on end, encourage moderation in their candy consumption. Constant snacking will subject their teeth to the constant production of damaging acids by their oral bacteria, which will increase their risk of decay and cavities. Therefore, limit them to a piece of candy or two right after a meal. Additionally, provide your child with plenty of water and tooth-healthy snacks throughout the day and in their lunch, like baby carrots and celery with hummus, nuts, cheese slices, apple slices and peanut butter, and low-sugar yogurt and berries.
As always, following a consistent and thorough oral hygiene routine at home is critical for keeping your child’s smile in tip-top shape. Ensure they brush their teeth at least twice per day for two minutes each time and floss between their teeth at least once a day. It’s especially important to brush their teeth before bed as any leftover sugar sitting on their teeth for hours throughout the night will contribute to the accumulation of plaque and the development of bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease.
Another way to make sure your child’s smile is healthy and strong is to come visit Ruby Canyon Dental every six months. Is it time for your child’s routine cleaning? Contact us today to schedule appointments for every member of your family!