Easter eggs on the supermarket shelves, community hunt Easter eggs hiding in the park … Easter eggs are everywhere it seems.
Most people, adults and children alike, wouldn’t say no to a sweet succulent slab of chocolate but at this time of year, we stock up with smooth round egg shells with soft, chewy surprises inside.
Whether your chocolate of choice is milk, white or dark, take a minute to consider the impact it has on your teeth and oral healthcare this Easter.
Whilst dark chocolate is often considered the healthier form of chocolate, the majority of options still contain sugar. And where there is sugar, there is the risk of tooth decay. In fact, due to recent reports, we now know just how destructive sugary foods and drinks can be with over 40,000 children and teenagers having rotten teeth removed in 2016 through the NHS.
Too much chocolate encourages bacteria to grow faster and sugar actually combines with bacteria to form an acid, which then attacks teeth enamel and causes tooth decay.
It’s important to allow the environment of your mouth to return to normal (usually within an hour) after consuming sugary foods before you brush your teeth to further protect them. Tooth enamel can be damaged by brushing too soon because the acid also acts as a softening agent, making the surface of your teeth more vulnerable.
So, before you crack open the chocolate eggs, Buttons, Smarties, chewy caramels and mouth-watering fudge, remember to THINK TEETH before your tuck in and follow our top seven tips to healthier teeth at Easter:
- Brush your teeth before you consume chocolate to act as a protection barrier
- Eat your treats after meals or during one interval only and do not graze – allow your mouth time to balance its environment
- Rinse your mouth after eating
- Leave at least thirty minutes after eating before you brush
- Drink a glass of water to increase saliva – your mouth’s natural defense – to neutralise acid
- Nibble a small piece of cheese after a meal or sugary treats to help neutralise acid
- Substitute Easter confectionary with sugar-free alternatives
May we wish all our patients a very Happy Easter and remember THINK TEETH and stay oral healthy.