• Ashley Simon

The Holiday Where The Rabbit DOES Win The Race

Updated: Apr 18, 2019

When we think of large amounts of candy and sugar being consumed by children, our natural first instinct is Halloween, right? You must be forgetting about all those colorful jellybeans, Peeps, chocolate bunnies and candy-coated, creme-filled eggs. Turns out the Easter bunny is taking the lead, according to a CNBC study, 'Easter is the day that leave candy companies salivating'.

We're not here today to tell you candy is bad for your teeth

You probably already know that! If you haven't heard of the sugar bugs, we're jealous of the way you can consume 5 boxes of Girl Scout cookies without a guilty conscience.

However, unlike the dentist in Finding Nemo willing and ready to place Nemo in the hands of his hyperactive niece, Darla, we're not all bad! And we're not going to advise you to replace those precious Reese's Pieces Carrots with the real thing. We're here to give you some tips on how to keep your children's smile bright, beautiful and healthy while still letting them enjoy the season!

Here Comes The Good News

Luckily, we have a few tips and tricks to help you survive the holiday with a full stomach, happy heart and smiling children (maybe).

Brush those teeth!

By brushing your teeth right after you finish eating, you scrub off those pesky and enamel-eating sugar bugs. Proceed with caution, you may find yourself brushing multiple times a day after you TOLD yourself you weren't going to eat another chocolate egg and lo-and-behold, there you are struggling to open another sticky, foil wrapper. Keep in mind that this rule does not always apply. Brushing right after eating acidic candies is actually MORE harmful to the enamel on your teeth than not brushing. We recommend waiting about 30 minutes before sending your kids to brush those teeth.

Water, water, and oh, more water!

Snacks, an extra pair of socks, a few toys here and there... when you're trying to get your kid's shoes on their feet and pack a bag for your day, a toothbrush isn't normally the first thing that comes to mind. And while your toothbrush may feel left out alone on your bathroom sink, that's totally fine. Water can prevent decay and minimize some of the sugar bug's harmful effects on your teeth. If your children can't brush their teeth right after they're done digging through that Easter basket, just have them swig some water and swish it around their mouths. Bonus points if you tell them they're flushing the sugar bugs out!

Eat candy with meals!

Dessert AFTER dinner?? WHAT?? Eating a hearty meal increases your saliva production. Your saliva not only cancels out the acids in the mouth, but it also helps wash away the food particles. But really, do we really need to sit here and convince you now that you have an excuse to eat more?

We're Here To Save The Day!

Of course, the best thing to do after letting your children eat a basket of candy is making sure to bring your children in to see us for a check-up, if they're due. Give us a call and we'll make sure to check their pearly whites at one of our three offices in Bluffton, Beaufort or Hilton Head Island. We're always here to help your child's smile stay healthy & bright!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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