The supermarkets have been ready for Easter since January. Their shelves are piled high with chocolate eggs, sweets and sticky treats in anticipation. But what about our poor teeth? What is the impact of chocolate on teeth, and are yours ready for the annual choccie egg fest?!
We don’t want to rain on the Easter Bonnet Parade, but…! Such tempting egg-shaped delicacies do come with a dental health warning. Do you know how much sugar is in just one crème egg? Have a look:
Top tips for a teeth-friendly Easter
Each time you eat anything sugary, chocolate eggs included, your teeth are under acid attack for up to one hour. That produces harmful acids and increases the risk of tooth decay. Our top tip is to keep sugary foods only to mealtimes, limiting the amount of time your mouth is at risk.
Here are a few other tips you can follow over Easter to help take the best care of your teeth without missing out on all the fun:
- Brush teeth twice a day for two minutes each time with a fluoride toothpaste, and remember to supervise children’s brushing if they’re under nine years of age.
- Enjoy chocolate at mealtimes, rather than nibbling throughout the day.
- When you’ve finished a meal, eat a small piece of cheese – it will help to neutralise the acids that cause tooth decay.
Easter egg hunt alternatives
It’s very easy to find yourself joining in not just one Easter egg hunt, but many. You could also try swapping one or two for more tooth-friendly Easter fun:
- Give tooth-friendly Easter gifts such as toothbrushes, mouthwash or toothpaste 😊
- Swap chocolate eggs for cuddly toys or fancy dress items
- Visit a small zoo or animal sanctuary as a special treat for children in the Easter holidays
There is no doubt that chocolate eggs have an impact on your teeth. Reducing your chocolate and sugar intake won’t just benefit your oral health, but can also improve your general wellbeing. Just remember to keep everything in moderation and stick to a good oral health care routine.
Have a very happy Easter!