Hatch a plan to deal with Easter excess

Easter is a wonderful time of year to enjoy with family – there’s the arrival of spring, a bank holiday weekend and plenty of treats to eat.

The problem is that too many of these treats can spell danger for our teeth.

While adults are known to be tempted by a spot of chocolate, Easter can be a particularly sugar-heavy time for children.

Mums and dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles all love to indulge the little ones with an Easter egg but this can easily turn into a mountain of chocolate, which youngsters will most likely attack with gusto from the minute they get up on Easter Sunday.

Of course most people enjoy tucking into an Easter egg (or two!) and children look forward to the annual Easter egg hunt, so the secret is to keep the fun, but try to contain the sugar.

While this may be easier said than done there are some ways to help cut down on the amount of sugar consumed this Easter and certainly the damage done to teeth.

Easter egg alternatives

Yes most kids love chocolate, but they love toys too so why not give them something that will last instead?

With the popularity of hatching toys there’s no need to even deviate from the egg theme. Hatchimals, Little Live Pets surprise chick and hatching dinosaur eggs make brilliant alternative egg gifts this Easter.

Cuddly bunnies and chicks will be a big hit with young children while themed craft sets are always popular.

Protecting teeth

The main problem a large stack of chocolate and sweets presents to teeth is the temptation to snack on it throughout the day.

It is far better in terms of dental health to eat a serving of chocolate in one go – ideally after a meal. The reason for this is that sugar acts as fuel to bacteria that attack the teeth causing acidity.

That means eat breakfast before ripping open an Easter egg! Then try to save the rest to eat after other meals.

As hard as it might be to convince young children looking at a pile of Easter eggs a sensible approach will pay off in the long term.