Our top tips to protect your teeth this Easter

Many of us celebrate the Easter holiday period with family gatherings and occasionally indulge in sweet treats that can sometimes present challenges to maintaining good oral health. However, with the right knowledge and habits, you can protect your teeth and gums while still enjoying the festivities.


The effects of chocolate on our teeth

Chocolate is undoubtedly one of the most popular treats enjoyed during Easter. However, it’s important to consider its impact on our dental health. The sugar in chocolate sticks to our teeth, increasing the chance of bacteria forming and contributing to tooth decay.

Enjoying any type of chocolate in moderation is key when it comes to protecting your teeth from too much sugar. Switching to dark chocolate may minimise your risk of tooth decay as it contains less sugar than milk chocolate.

It’s also important to rinse your mouth with water after having chocolates and sugary treats to help wash away any lingering sugar. Waiting at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth after eating a chocolate dessert can help to avoid the sugar spreading and allow saliva to naturally clean the tooth surfaces first.


How flossing and brushing will help to keep your teeth and gums healthy

Regular dental hygiene is important year-round, but it’s especially important when we increase our sugar consumption around special holidays and events. Follow our tips for flossing and brushing regularly to keep your teeth clean and healthy this Easter.

  1. Remember to floss daily to remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth. Your toothbrush can’t reach these areas, so this will help to prevent sugars from getting stuck.
  2. When brushing your teeth, use a fluoridated toothpaste and brush for at least two minutes, covering all surfaces of your teeth. Pay special attention to the gumline and the backs of your teeth, where plaque can accumulate.
  3. Consider the time of day that you brush your teeth. Brushing at least 30 minutes after consuming sugary treats will help to remove any residue and avoid sugars from spreading. If brushing isn’t possible, rinsing your mouth with water can also help wash away sugar and food particles.


Healthier easter snack options

While lots of us enjoy traditional Easter treats like chocolate eggs and marshmallow chicks, these options are not the most tooth-friendly. Fortunately, you can try plenty of healthier alternatives this Easter.

Fruits – Fresh fruits such as strawberries, apples, and oranges are a healthier alternative. These fruits are not only tasty but also high in water and fibre, which can help scrub away plaque and stimulate saliva production. This helps to remineralise tooth enamel.

Vegetables – Vegetables like carrots and celery are also great options to add to your Easter spread. These crunchy veggies act as natural toothbrushes, helping to clean your teeth as you chew. Plus, they’re packed with essential nutrients that promote overall oral health.


By maintaining your oral health care and incorporating healthier snack options into your Easter celebrations, you can enjoy your Easter weekend without sacrificing your healthy smile. If you haven’t had a check-up in over six months, book an appointment to see your dentist.