Spring is here and the Easter holidays have arrived, which is great news for kids, but maybe not such good news for their teeth and gums. Easter is synonymous with chocolate eggs and sweet treats, so here are some simple tips to look after children’s teeth this spring and enable them to enjoy the fun of the holidays without any dental pain:
Book a dental check-up: if your child is due to see their dentist for a check-up, the holidays are the perfect time to get an appointment booked. Check-ups only take a few minutes, but they can really help to reduce the risk of dental decay and gum disease. We strongly advise parents to keep up to date with check-ups and arrange six-monthly appointments.
Limit treats: it can be tricky to limit treats at Easter time, but try not to go too crazy when shopping for eggs and avoid letting kids eat sweets and chocolate all through the day. Limit your child’s sugar intake in line with daily intake recommendations and try to find healthy yet tasty alternatives. There are some great ideas and recipes online. Getting kinds involved in baking, cooking and preparing food will make them more interested in eating it, so try to get them to help you out with healthy cooking in the kitchen.
Supervise brushing: good habits can slip in the holidays, so make sure you supervise brushing for younger children and encourage them to brush twice a day for 2 minutes each time. If your child regularly sharks the recommended time limit, set a timer or put a song on for them to brush along to.
To book a dental check, simply call our friendly receptionists. We can also offer family appointments.