Sweet treats abound at Easter – and as milk chocolate clocks in at around 45% sugar,it’s bad news for our teeth.
Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. It’s 5 times more common than asthma, 4 times more common than early-childhood obesity, and 20 times more common than diabetes.
Forchildren, there are so many options that will be just as exciting to receive aschocolate. Easter-themed arts and craft supplies are colourful and fun. Gifts that will keep a child busy, such as board games and sporting equipment, will be loved and used long after the school holidays are over. Pyjamas are a useful gift, especially as we move into the cooler months.
For adults, a bunch of flowers or the living gift of a plant are popular ideas.
Don’t forget books are always a good gift idea for all ages!
When the kids are making their way through their chocolate stash, try to encourage eating the sugary treats at mealtimes, instead of snacking between meals. Eating sugary snacks at mealtimes will reduce the time teeth are exposed to the acid attacks from the sugary treats.
Remember sugar from other foods also add up, so add some more tooth-friendly recipes toyour repertoire. For inspiration, you can buy ADA’s Tooth-friendly treats cookbook,which features 20 recipes recommended by dentists: teeth.org.au/teeth/Shop
Finally,remember that tap water should be your drink of choice, instead of sugary drinks.
ADAWA top tips to care for your teeth this Easter:
Limit snacking on sugary foods and drinks between meals.
Brush twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste and floss daily.
Make tap water your drink of choice.
Book regular check-ups with your dentist.
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