Celebrating World Oral Health Day: What Is It and What Does It Mean for You?

Did you know we celebrate World Oral Health Day every March and this year it’s on March 20? It’s a day when we hope people spend a few moments thinking about their oral health and what it means to them. Most of us tend to take oral health for granted until we develop dental problems, so this day is an ideal opportunity to consider ways to improve your oral care routine. Here at Casey Dental, March is a month where we hope to inspire our patients to look after their mouths and to think about how it affects general health too.

When you have a healthy mouth, it helps you in so many ways, allowing you to eat without discomfort and pain and to speak and smile with confidence. But, good oral health protects your overall health, reducing the risk of developing serious diseases like cardiovascular disease and diabetes or of these diseases worsening when they are already present. Even though tooth decay and gum disease are common, these conditions are preventable. Our dedicated dental team work hard to educate our patients so everyone can enjoy excellent dental health year-round, not just on World Oral Health Day.

How to Have Your Cake and Eat It Too During Easter

Given the choice of sweet treats in the shops, Easter can be a scary time for dental health, but by taking a few precautions, you can enjoy your Easter cake and other indulgences without harming your smile.

Choose Chocolate over Other Sweet Treats

Chocolate really is the best sweet treat compared with others that are gooey or sticky and which are hard to remove from teeth. When you eat chocolate, it melts more quickly, reducing the risk to your pearly whites. It’s also best to avoid very hard sweets that can easily chip or crack tooth enamel.

Avoid Grazing

It’s so easy to graze on chocolate and lollies all day long, but it’s a terrible idea for your dental health. When you eat something sweet, mouth bacteria soon produce acids that damage tooth enamel. Acidity levels remain high for at least half an hour afterwards before they begin to normalise. Constantly snacking increases the time your teeth are exposed to these acids, increasing the damage.

Rinse after Eating

Because your tooth enamel is softer immediately after eating something sweet and, it’s best to wait at least half an hour before brushing your teeth. Instead, rinse your mouth with water which helps to neutralise acids more quickly.

Our Top Tips for the Best Easter Egg Hunt

If you love arranging Easter egg hunts each year, follow our top tips for the best Easter egg hunt.

  • Be prepared by purchasing your Easter eggs and any fillers early, so you don’t have to worry that about them last-minute. Even better, buy your supplies when they are on clearance after Easter in preparation for the next year.
  • Choose the right size eggs for the age of the child, as some plastic eggs can present a choking hazard.
  • Designate an area for your Easter egg hunts to prevent children from wandering off and so they know where to look for their goodies.
  • Ditch sugary treats entirely by filling eggs with other items such as small toys or even close to a bigger prize.
  • Make sure you hide enough extra each participant as there’s nothing more disappointing than an Easter egg hunt that ends too soon.
  • Hide the eggs in age-appropriate places based on the child’s abilities and height. For example, a 10-year-old will get bored searching for eggs hidden in the grass, but a three-year-old wouldn’t be capable of climbing a tree safely.
  • Hide one or two special eggs that entitle the finder to an even bigger prize so everyone will be searching for those special eggs.