Happy Easter Every Bunny!

Posted by on Apr 5, 2015 in Blogs | 0 comments

The Easter bunny is out and about today! Spring is considered to bring new life and a time of rebirth. Easter is a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Holy Week is also celebrated during the week before Easter. It starts on Palm Sunday and continues on to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and lastly Easter Sunday. It also marks the end of Lent, which involves 40 days of fasting, prayer, and penance. Typically individuals who participate in Lent focus on giving up a significant indulgence. On Easter morning when Lent ends, people often reward themselves with what they gave up for Lent. Many other Easter traditions have been present for centuries, including the decorating of eggs and easter parades. Eggs are recognized as an ancient symbol of fertility. A prominent symbol of the holiday is the Easter bunny, which is said to have been created by German immigrants who spoke of stories of an egg-laying hare.

For many individuals, Easter involves an exquisite meal shared with family and/or attending church. Others may participate in easter egg hunts full of chocolate and sweet treats, which can be troublesome for teeth. From chocolate bunnies to marshmallow peeps, Easter candy can be tempting. However, too much sweets can lead to tooth decay. In fact, Americans spend approximately $1.9 billion on Easter candy, which is the second biggest candy holiday besides Halloween.

Here are a few simple tips to ensure that your family enjoys the tasty treats while also protecting their teeth:

  • Don’t let sugary treats remain in your mouth for long periods of time. Also, it is best to eat candy during meal time, when there is a high production of saliva present to help attack acids and tooth decay. Try not to drag out the candy consumption over several days.
  • Make sure to brush and floss, as bacteria in the mouth feed off of sugar to create acids that damage the teeth enamel.
  • Limit the amount of Easter candy your child receives, especially if they end up with a lot of easter eggs!
  • Create non-candy basket and replace the sweets with toys, games, books or even dental supplies, like a toothbrush and toothpaste!
  • After candy consumption, drink a glass of water to wash away any left-behind sugars on your teeth.
  • Dark chocolate is one of the healthier options of candy. Dark chocolate is believed to interfere with the bacteria that contributes to gum disease.
  •  Avoid gummy candies such as jellybeans, as well as hard/sticky candies that can become stuck to your teeth.
  • Read the labels, as many candies vary in sugar content.
  • Don’t make a meal out of candy! Choose your treats responsibly and eat them only in moderation!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:

http://www.benjaminkanarekblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/happy-easter-full-hd-wallpapper-2013.jpg

http://www.sbdentalspa.com/easter-dental-tips-teeth-santa-barbara-dentist/

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/history-of-easter

https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-easter

 

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