Don’t be shy. We want you to show off your smile this Easter, so we’ve prepared a few simple pieces of advice to take care of your oral health during the holiday.

Easter is a wonderful break from the norm, and you absolutely should indulge in the sweetness of this spring holiday. And with a few easy to follow guidelines, you can take care of your teeth during Easter.

It’s not uncommon for friends and family to put out a tray of nuts before dinner. As delicious and healthy as they are, don’t make the mistake of trying to crack a shell with your teeth. Take it easy on your enamel and try to avoid hard nutshells, bones, or hard candy. The additional force involved in chewing hard foods is all it takes to begin to damage your teeth.

Once the pressure has been applied, your teeth can start to crack, chip or fracture. The seemingly harmless action of chewing on tough substances can have huge consequences for your teeth. The best course of action here is to avoid chewing on these things: so whenever you can and use the proper tool to crack your nutshells.

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Be sure to bring your toothbrush and floss if you’re traveling over the holiday, (it’s certainly easier than asking to borrow a toothbrush of theirs).

Try not to alter you oral health routine if you can avoid it. If you are accustomed to using an electric toothbrush, go ahead and pack it. It’s worth the extra effort, and your teeth will be healthier for it.

We’re all a little guilty of over-indulging on the chocolate and candy over Easter. And to a point, that’s ok. Don’t stress about it, just do your part to get that sugar out of your mouth to prevent tooth decay from occurring. Also, try to wash down your food with water or milk rather than juices or wine. Just because you are indulging doesn’t mean you have to neglect your teeth.

Don’t forget to brush before bed. The problem with not brushing before bed is that it gives the bacteria in your mouth time to metabolize the food left in it. They will then multiply stick to your teeth, and produce far more acid than if the sugars and other food residue were removed earlier. The acid puts unnecessary wear on your teeth and can be the breaking point for the formation of irreversible cavities. So, don’t forget to brush and floss your teeth before you go to sleep to keep your mouth in good condition.

Sometimes spending too much time with relatives can be stressful. But this stress can cause everything from an overemphasized bite to teeth grinding. That’s why you should do your best to either deal with people you find difficult as calmly as you can, or if that’s not an option, try to find a quiet space for yourself to enjoy the company of others. Happiness can truly lower your overall stress levels that can lower your chances of dental complications.

Have fun over the holiday, and remember that Easter isn’t an excuse to ignore your oral health and hygiene. If you haven’t seen your dentist in some time, Easter is the perfect time to schedule a teeth cleaning appointment and checkup at your local dentist office.

We look forward to posting more helpful content and hope to see you at our office soon!