Easter is a wonderful time for family and friends and of course….delicious chocolate treats!
You can enjoy chocolate without going overboard, and you can enjoy it without doing too much damage to your teeth. If you eat chocolate and sugary treats in moderation and look after your teeth, you can reduce or eradicate the damage to your teeth.
So how can I take care of my own and my family’s teeth?
Did you know that it’s bad for your teeth to brush them within 30 minutes of eating? When we eat, the enamel on our teeth becomes soft, if you don’t get time to recover from this prior to teeth being brushed then this can actually damage your teeth. Always brush in the morning before eating breakfast. This tip is especially significant at easter time when little ones will be shoving copious amounts of chocolate down their throats first thing in the morning.
When it comes to eating chocolate, you should (try to) eat in moderation.
Some tips for keeping little teeth healthy this easter;
- Snack on cheese, celery, carrot or apple after eating chocolate. These types of foods are called detergent foods and help to clean away sugars and remineralises the teeth following a sugar attack.
- Chew sugar free gum. This is beneficial because it promotes saliva production which can minimise tooth decay. Sugar free gum can also help to clean food debris from crevices in the teeth.
- Drink lots of water. Drinking water after each meal or snack is good for rinsing food particles from the mouth. Doing this reduces the amount of food the bacteria feeds off which in turn causes tooth decay.
- Visit your dentist for regular 6 monthly checkups
During easter theres no reason not to enjoy chocolate . Just make sure you’re taking care of your teeth. With Happy Teeth’s Easter tips, it will be easy to maintain good oral health during the Easter holiday.