06 Apr How Much Chocolate Is Too Much At Easter?
Minimise the risk of tooth damage this holiday
Chocolate is the biggest part of Easter for most children. We know from experience here at our Egham dentist, that kids get extremely excited about all the chocolate eggs they are going to enjoy at Easter. Who can blame them really? There’s something about a chocolate egg that tastes better than a chocolate bar, and nobody really knows why!
The only problem with all this abundance of chocolate at Easter, is the impact it can have on the teeth. If it was just one day, it may be OK to think that the damage is limited. However, more often than not the entire month following is centred around consuming the many eggs that have come into the house.
So, how much chocolate is too much?
Clearly there is an element of personal choice here, and our Egham dentist is certainly not here to place judgement on anyone. However, we can advise you on the best way to avoid damage to the teeth when they are exposed to a lot of sugar, as they are over Easter. The ideal scenario would be that some chocolate is consumed as dessert after a meal and only then. Water would then be consumed to rinse away the remaining sticky chocolate, and that would be the entire Easter process. However, this isn’t the case for most families, so here are some suggestions to help you curb dental damage during this chocolatey holiday:
Consume chocolate with meals
Sure you might have one day where the kids are allowed chocolate all day (usually Easter Sunday) however, the rest of the time chocolate can be kept in a drawer and given out as a treat at mealtimes. That way, the child’s teeth aren’t constantly exposed to sugar.
Avoid acidic sweets and sticky chocolate treats
Caramel, toffee and acidic sweets can all come with the easter egg, which is bad news for the teeth. High acid treats damage enamel, and caramel and toffee stick to the teeth for a long time causing damage the entire time they are exposed to the teeth. Where possible, avoid your child consuming these types of treats.
Enjoy other types of food
Where possible, avoid eating chocolate because of hunger. Have hearty and healthy meals to curb the appetite of your child, so that they will hopefully not want as much chocolate.
Keep Easter active
The rest of your body doesn’t enjoy the constant junk food either, so a good way to balance the calories out, for everyone in the house, is to keep Easter active. Go out for an Easter walk, have a speedy Easter egg hunt, play Easter musical chairs – anything you can do to keep everyone moving is great. The more you move of course, the less likely you are to be thinking about consuming chocolate; which is great for your teeth!
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