So many holidays involve a bit of indulgence. This is especially true for Easter, a holiday where adorable sweets shaped like cute animals are sold pretty much everywhere you look. Combine this with big meals spent with friends and family, and the Easter season is rife with ways for you to damage your teeth. You want to enjoy the festivities, but you also want to stay healthy – right? Well luckily, with just a bit of attention and planning you will be able to enjoy the Easter holiday without making a negative impact on your teeth.
Sugar Can Be Damaging
Since you were young, you will have been told not to eat too many sweet treats, otherwise you will damage your teeth. You might have brushed it off as just your parents trying to get you to stop eating so much candy, but do you ever wonder if there is some truth to this age-old saying? With Easter baskets overflowing with candy and sugar, you should probably face the reality that these candies really can do some damage.
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Rethink Sugary Drinks’ website explains how sugar damages teeth. “Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in the mouth using sugar from foods and drinks to produce acids that dissolve and damage the teeth.” The longer the sugar sits on your teeth, the more damage it can do to the heath of your mouth.
The science backs it up as a report from BMC Public Health shows, “only 2% of urban and rural Nigerians of all ages including the elderly, whose permanent teeth had been exposed to diets for half a century.” This is a huge difference from the USA where “92% of USA adults aged 20 to 64 have experienced dental caries.” The sugar intake seems to have a large impact on tooth decay, and when you are celebrating a holiday that is in large part about sugary treats, you should certainly pay more attention to make sure you are not doing permanent damage.
Keep Your Teeth Healthy
- Brush Every Day – As always, having a solid dental care routine is extremely critical. You need to keep your teeth healthy day in and day out, which means brushing regularly. It is especially important to brush your teeth before bed to wipe away all of the bacteria that has built up in your mouth throughout the day. Otherwise, it will just sit on the top of your teeth, causing more and more damage. You should also make sure you remember to change your toothbrush every few months to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
- Floss – If you are eating lots of sugary treats, you need to make sure you get rid of the excess food that is sitting in your mouth. Otherwise, as you saw above, you could create a really damaging situation for your teeth. Keep your smile healthy by getting all of the extra bits and pieces of your holiday sweets out from in between your teeth. Flossing can help dislodge anything you miss while brushing, and help keep your teeth from being damaged by invisible food hidden between them.
- Avoid Staining Foods – Everyone loves to take pictures at events. If your teeth are stained because of your holiday foods, you might not be happy with the results you see when you look at the pictures. One sure way to avoid this problem is to steer clear of some of the most famous teeth-staining culprits. WebMD identifies food dyes as some of the worst offenders saying, “If you've ever sucked on a lollipop and found that your tongue and teeth turned blue, you've seen the effects. Dentists suggest that you avoid brightly colored candy, ice pops, and sweetened drinks.” Since all of these foods are really popular during Easter, it’s best to pay attention to the sweets that you pick up to celebrate the holiday. Those cute bunny-shaped treats might just be creating tough stains on your teeth.
- Whiten and Brighten – If you find your holiday treats have left you with a dull, stained smile then you are going to need a quick solution to get your dazzling white teeth back. Luckily, the Pearly Whites Easter sale has just begun – save $$ off your favourite teeth whitening kits.
Enjoying the holidays is great, but always remember to take excellent care of your teeth. Neglecting them will cause you issues for years to come, not to mention be a huge pain (quite literally)!
[Read more about lifelong dental care: So You Want to Hold onto Your Teeth?]
By watching what you eat and taking good care of your teeth, you will be able to celebrate Easter happily for many years to come without fear of tooth pain or damage.