It’s that time of year - spring is just around the corner, and easter candy is everywhere.
If you’re stocking up easter baskets, or just enjoying the treats of the season, here are our top 3 tips for taking care of your teeth.
1. Stock Easter Baskets with Non-Food Alternatives
High-energy kids? These non-food ideas will help harness their energy without giving them a sugar rush.
- Art Supplies
Stickers, markers, and paper are great staples to start off with.
This time of year, paper plate bunnies, pipe cleaner chicks, and woven paper easter baskets abound. Need inspiration? Hop over to pinterest. The kids will be keeping their teeth healthy and building their creativity and fine motor skills all in one.
Celebrate spring in Minnesota by getting the kids outside this Easter. Load up easter baskets with chalk, squirt guns, and bouncy balls. Or scatter plastic eggs in the yard or around the house. Are they filled with chocolate, or something else? Up to you!
- Stuffed Animals
There are just too many cute animals to pick from this time of year. Stuffed chicks or bunnies make the perfect addition to a little one’s easter basket. Want to spark some interactive play? Find puppet versions and ask them to put on a show!
2. Try Out These Healthier Easter Treats
If the kids (or adults) are looking forward to a traditional food-based easter basket, try these three healthier easter treat ideas.
- Make-your-own fruit snacks
Fruit snacks are often loaded with preservatives. But making your own can be a fast, easy way to keep them simple and healthy. Simply cut them into cubes. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try out some easter-inspired molds.
- Cheddar Bunnies
Goldfish are out, cheddar bunnies are in. At least for the Easter season. Check out the Annie’s brand, or a DIY version if you’re feeling ambitious.
- Peanut Butter Eggs
If chocolate is a non-negotiable in that easter basket, why not incorporate a healthier chocolate treat like a chocolate-dipped peanut butter egg? Try this recipe for inspiration.
3. Follow These Tooth Care Tips
The abundance of easter candy lining the shelves this time of year is a great reminder that it's important to take care of your oral health. Check out these 3 tooth care tips to make sure you've "brushed up" on the latest.
This one may seem obvious, but brushing twice a day and flossing once a day are the best ways to protect against tooth decay and gum disease. Cleaning the daily plaque build up removes harmful bacteria from the teeth and gums. This is especially important during candy-heavy holiday seasons.
Remember, brushing alone isn’t enough since tooth decay and gum disease usually begin between teeth and below the gum line. Flossing is the only way to get at these problem areas.
Is chewing xylitol gum a substitute for brushing your teeth? While it can help fight plaque, it’s not a substitute for oral hygiene. Wondering how xylitol helps your teeth? Check out this blog post.
One final tip - if your toothbrush is getting frayed, it may be doing more harm than good. This guide will help you determine whether your old toothbrush is worn out or not.
- Schedule Regular Dental Check-Ups
For some people, going to the dentist is nothing more than an inconvenience that they don’t look forward to, but go because it means a clean and healthy smile. For others, just making a dental appointment can be extremely stressful. It’s estimated that 5-10% of American adults prevent seeking dental treatment because of their phobia.
Whether or not you suffer from dental phobias, the right dentist can make all the difference. If you’re looking for a new dentist, here are a few factors that you should consider. If you or a loved one suffers from dental anxiety, a provider that offers sedation options might be the solution you need. Or, check out these 7 helpful tips for calming your dental anxiety.