Easter is just around the corner and Bendigo will come alive with activities that will entice and attract all age groups.

As we all know, fun activities such as Easter Egg hunts are highlights of this long weekend. However, Easter sees not only children but also adults consume a great amount of sugar in the form of chocolates this weekend.

3 Simple Steps To Keep Your Teeth Healthy

Here are a few simple steps we can all follow to ensure that our teeth stay healthy. These recommendations align with the Australian Dental Associations’ recommendations for sugar intake as well.

  • Take a sugar break the week after Easter to offset the excess sugar consumed as from Easter treats.
  • Restrict sugar intake to meal times. Try and avoid snacking on sugar treats between meal times.
  • Cavities development and progression is directly related to time of exposure to sugar. So please do not allow your children to snack on them for prolonged periods of time.

Here’s A Check-List Of Foods To Watch Out For:

I’ve put together a list of foods which are marketed as “healthy” but in reality are high in sugar and are sticky forms of sugar. Sticky carbs and sugars lead to prolonged acid attacks and decay.

  1. Dried Fruit / Sultanas
  2. Biscuits
  3. Fruit Juices
  4. Muesli Bars
  5. Crackers
  6. Breakfast Cereals
  7. Flavoured Milk
  8. Sweetened Yoghurt
  9. Fruit Bars
  10. Flavoured Popcorn
  11. Canned Fruit
  12. Cakes and Banana Bread

While this list isn’t comprehensive, I believe we dish out these products to our kids under the wrong impression that they are healthy.

If All Else Fails

It’s only natural to succumb to the temptation of sweets and other goodies, but there is one last way to protect your teeth, and that is: bed time brushing. Don’t skip it!

I recently read an article which showed that: more than 24,000 children aged 14 years or under were admitted to hospital last year due to dental conditions that were potentially preventable.

If you have any queries regarding the dental health of your child please do not hesitate to reach us at (03) 5446 9859 or email us at enquiries@eaglehawkdental.com.au

References:

12 April 2019

www.facebook.com/AustralianDentalAssociation

www.facebook.com/HealthyTeethAustralia

@Aus_Dental
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Oral health and dental care in Australia: Key facts and figures 2015

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