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.
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.