Easter is upon us once again and the choc fest begins. But spare a thought for your teeth.
The manufacturers make our Easter eggs ever more appealing with their beautifully decorated shells and irresistible fillings.
Fillings of a different sort await those of you who don’t compensate for the annual rise in our sugar intake. Sugar, as we all know, causes tooth decay and tooth decay ultimately leads to tooth loss. We therefore need to ensure that we brush regularly. Be aware that brushing your teeth straight after eating sugary food can actually damage your teeth by brushing particles of the tooth enamel away. It is advisable to wait at least an hour after food to brush.
If you are looking for a way to enjoy your Easter eggs and lower the sugar content, seek out plain chocolate or dark chocolate with a high content of coca or cacao. You could, of course, avoid eating Easter eggs all together, but where would be the fun in that? Besides, we wouldn’t want to do the Easter bunny out of a job now would we?
Here at McGrath Dental we advise our patients to brush their teeth twice a day, making sure once is before bed to prevent acid attacks as this is when our saliva production (our body’s natural defence) will slow down. We also recommend regular hygiene appointments to make sure your mouth, teeth and gums are in the best of health.
We hope you have an egg-cellent Easter; enjoy your chocolate!