Have a cracking Easter, but look after your smile!

easter eggs chocolate and teeth damage

The Easter bunny is just around the corner and the annual spring choc-fest is about to begin.

But before manically ripping off boxes and foil wrapping, spare a thought for your teeth.

With all this talk of sugar taxes for fizzy drinks – which is indeed warranted – chocolate seems to be hiding in plain sight.

Let’s not forget, however, that it too can be hugely damaging to your teeth, especially if gorged upon in mass quantity in the upcoming Easter break.

Chancellor George Osborne last week announced his new sugar tax on fizzy drinks in what is certainly a positive step forward in dentistry terms.

But maybe, as one dental expert argued in the Metro Newspaper this week, Easter egg makers should also be penalised for the impact they have on the nation’s teeth – and waistline.

Of course, Easter eggs are traditional and enjoyed at a special time of year – as spring is springing and, for Christians, they mark their most important calendar date.

The sugar stats don’t lie, however, and as dental experts we at Liam McGrath Cosmetic Dentistry urge you to at least keep this year’s egg count at a moderate level and keep on top of brushing and the odd gargle of mouthwash when you can.

Media reports show that some eggs made by Nestle have as much as 61.60g of sugar per 100g, compared to 58.9g (Mars), 56.50 (Cadbury) and 54g Thorntons. Of the ones tested, Green & Black dark chocolate came out best, with 28.5g per 100g.

We’d hate to spoil your fun this Easter, but we hope you think twice before taking your chocolate munching beyond moderation. Otherwise your next trip to the dentist may be sooner that you think.

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