Is the Easter bunny due to visit your home this year? If yes, they are bound to be dropping off baskets full of chocolates and other sweet treats. While we want you to enjoy Easter, we also want to protect your teeth.
The problem with Easter is that many people will snack on sugary foods right throughout the day, increasing the risk of tooth decay. Whenever you eat something sweet, it feeds oral bacteria that produce acid as a byproduct, softening and eroding your tooth enamel, eventually causing cavities. The more frequently you snack on these treats, the longer your teeth are exposed to harmful acids.
Eat Sweets at Mealtimes
It’s better to eat sweets at mealtimes when your mouth is already more acidic, but when you also produce more saliva that helps to wash away harmful bacteria and loose sugary particles.
Choose Your Sweet Treats Carefully
Sticky or chewy sweets can be hard to remove, remaining on your teeth for hours. Also, these sweets can damage fillings and other restorations. Although hard candies are fun to suck, they also tend to last a very long time, maximising the time your teeth are exposed to sugars. Also, biting on the sweets can damage your teeth or dental restorations. Choose chocolate to help protect your teeth and the darker, the better. Dark chocolate contains less sugar and contains flavonoids and antioxidants that help protect teeth.