Easter is just around the corner and the shops are full of chocolatey and high sugar snacks. Whether you’re arranging an egg hunt for the children, or just celebrating by having family and friends around, Easter can be a difficult time of year for your teeth.
However, by following a few simple tips, you can protect your teeth from the damage Easter can have on your oral health. We have put together a list of top tips for you below:
Eat chocolate at meal times
We are not going to tell you to avoid chocolate completely – not even we could do that! What we do advise is that you limit your chocolate consumption to at meal times only. This minimises the exposure your mouth has to the sugars within the chocolate. These sugars react with the bacteria in your mouth and start to attack the teeth – which can cause decay.
When you limit yourself to eating chocolate only at mealtimes, you are allowing the acidity levels in your mouth to neutralise. After consuming sugary or acidic food and drink, your mouth can take up to an hour to return to its normal pH level.
Drink lots of water
You should do this anyway, but especially when you are going to be overindulging on high sugar foods like chocolate and sweets. Drinking water aids the production of saliva in the mouth. Saliva helps to neutralise the acid, which prevents erosion of the enamel.
Wait to brush
Many people rush to brush their teeth straight after they’ve enjoyed some chocolate. They could be doing their teeth more harm than good. Acid softens enamel, making it more delicate and prone to damage from brushing. You should wait at least half an hour to brush your teeth after eating or drinking anything, not just chocolate. This rule also applies the other way around – wait half an hour after brushing to eat or drink anything.
Don’t forget to brush your teeth
Easter can be a busy time of year, where you may be travelling to visit family and friends. It is important to keep up your usual oral health routine as much as possible. This includes brushing twice a day (for two minutes) with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash.
If you would like more advice on looking after your oral health over Easter, or throughout the rest of the year, we can offer you our top tips. To book an appointment at Gwersyllt Dental Care, call us on 01978 757 409.