Wellness Tips | 15 April, 2019

Egg-cellent Easter Tips

Warning! – This article contains a large amount of Easter puns we probably should apologise for...

Easter has really hopped up on us quickly this year! We’re bursting with egg-citement for Easter Sunday when that rascally rabbit sends us on an eggs-trordinary hunt for those delicious Easter eggs we all love! Whilst it is an egg-citing time with all these sweet treats we need to take eggs-tra care of our teeth. Our Maven dentists are good eggs, and they’ve put together some simple tips you cannot forget this Easter!

 

Easter Egg Hunting Accidents

Look, well all know the Easter egg hunt can be intense, especially when you have a large group. With kids hopping about searching for eggs, dental trauma can sometimes occur. But don’t panic, let’s hatch a plan now so you’re prepared for any unexpected accidents.

First things first, try contacting your local dentist immediately. Whilst it is a public holiday, some of our Maven dentists are available for emergency dental during this period. Depending on the type of dental trauma, they can advise you on the best course of action. If you’re local dentist has ventured down the rabbit-hole and you can’t get hold of them, head to your local emergency department for assistance.

If the tooth has been completely knocked out, give it a quick rinse and then immerse it in a glass of milk. This can prolong the life of the tooth while you hop down to your dentist for further assistance.

Limit Egg Intake

We’re all going to be tempted to send ourselves into a chocolate coma over the long weekend. As tempting as it is it’s a good idea to set limits for your baby bunnies.

Parents, it’s a good idea to advise the Easter bunny to reduce the amount of eggs hidden during the Easter egg hunt. This is an easy way to reduce the sugar intake of your children.

Go over-easy (like Sunday morning) and try to avoid grazing on chocolate eggs all day and limit consumption to certain times. Tooth decay occurs when plaque meets sugar in the mouth causing an acid attack. Saliva naturally protects our mouth from such attacks by flushing the acid away along with any built-up bacteria. Although, to do so our mouth needs a break from snacking so try and designate certain times for your children to eat their Easter eggs.

 

Wash down the eggs with Water!

You’ve just had a snack-cident and finished off a whole chocolate bunny, you’re feeling a little guilty (mainly because you’re eyeing off his brother and sister over there), it’s time to wash down that poor little chocolate hare with some water. Drinking water after you’ve had chocolate will help to wash away any built-up sugars left in your mouth. Sip on water throughout the day to help your mouth neutralise acid attacks. No eggscuses folks!

 

Hold off on brushing

For all those eager beav…err I mean, eager bunnies out there, hold off on brushing for at least 30 minutes after eating your eggs. Whilst it might be tempting to brush them straight after eating your egg’s it’s best not to whisk it! After eating there is about a 30-minute window of acid invasion in your mouth. It’s recommended you don’t brush during this period as you are potentially brushing the acid into your teeth and removing demineralised enamel from the surface of your teeth.

That’s all yolks! Hare us now, these dental health tips shouldn’t just stop once you’ve hopped down the bunny trail! Follow these eggcellent tips all year round to keep your teeth healthy. Have a Hoppy Easter!