Easter is one of the most colorful and joyful family holidays of the whole year. For kids, a big part of Easter is hunting for eggs filled with delicious sweets and chocolates. Easter candy doesn’t have to be just for kids, right? Us adults are also guilty of indulging in candy that isn’t exactly healthy for our teeth. So what should we do when we’ve indulged in too much candy?
Rinse with Mouthwash
After you’re done with your sugar binge, rinse with mouthwash as soon as possible to remove any leftover sugar or sticky residue in your mouth. Usually mouthwashes contain a small amount of fluoride, which is good for your teeth and enamel in certain doses. Even swishing with plain water is good too if you don’t have any mouthwash handy!
Chew Sugar-Free Gum
If nothing else, try chewing sugar-free gum, which will increase the saliva in your mouth. An increased production of saliva will clean your teeth by rinsing away any excess sugar left on your teeth!
Eating Sour Candies? Don’t Brush Right Away!
You may be surprised to hear this, but brushing your teeth immediately after eating sour candies may actually do more damage to your teeth. The ideal time to wait before you brush is about an hour. The same is true after eating very acidic foods.
Acids created from food will wear away your enamel and will leave your tooth at its most vulnerable state. Brushing your teeth while the tooth is vulnerable will actually damage your teeth. However, this doesn’t mean you should eat sour candy and sit back and relax! After eating sour candy, you should still rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash, and floss too if you have it!
Maybe next year the Easter bunny will bring some more tooth-friendly treats, but until that happens, remember to take care your pearly whites! Also, remember to remind children to take care of their teeth after their candy binge!
For a healthy and bright smile, call Dr. Vann or schedule an appointment now at Vann Family Dental today!