Easter has just been upon us, and we’re all still busy tucking into those Easter treats. Chocolate eggs, hot cross buns slathered in butter, and other deliciously sweet tasting foods have formed a central part of the festivities.
But, while you may have thrown your diet out of the window for the bank holiday week, you cannot ignore your health altogether – especially when it comes to your oral health.
Make the right choices during the holidays, and those treats will taste even sweeter. So, in this article, we have listed out our top teeth tips for the holidays:
1. Know Your Chocolate
Dark chocolate contains a high cocoa percentage, while white chocolate is particularly high in sugar.
While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying your favourite chocolates in moderation, choosing the types that are less likely to damage the teeth is vital.
Studies have shown that cocoa butter can actually stop plaque sticking to our teeth. Chocolate is also high in antioxidants and contains a high level of tannins, which can help stop the build up of plaque.
Likewise, knowing the content of sweets and treats should be considered an essential feature both at Easter and during other holiday periods.
2. Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is crucial for many reasons but is especially significant for your oral health. Water can actively wash trapped food particles away, preventing the growth of plaque and bacteria, and protecting your teeth and gums.
In addition to this, drinking plenty of water helps to reduce the threat of bad breath and increased water consumption can help control portion sizes too.
3. Brush Regularly
Brushing your teeth at least twice per day should be the norm as failure to do so can cause serious problems.
The coating of sugar on your teeth will lead to painful and unattractive cavities. Be sure to clean at least twice per day, using mouthwash, and ideally flossing using interdental brushes too. If you have kids, it’s especially important to reiterate this to them at Easter or Christmas time.
And, if you are going to let yourself have a chocolate treat at breakfast, don’t wait until the evening to brush. Clean 30-60 minutes after each sweet treat and your teeth will be fine.
4. Eat Carefully
Sugar isn’t the only danger to your teeth at this time of the year. If you are someone that prefers to keep their chocolate in the fridge, always be sure to check that they aren’t too hard.
Biting into a solid rock of chocolate can lead to chips and other damage. This is especially important when you have crowns, braces, or other appliances in your mouth.
It is best to wait a few minutes so that the chocolate can soften a little at room temperature.
5. Moderate Alcohol Consumption
Holiday celebrations and long weekends are also an opportunity for adults to enjoy a few drinks. As with the sweet treats, be sure to consume the beverages in moderation. It’s not only important for avoiding the hangover, but the sugar content in many drinks would blow your mind as well as your teeth.
It is also worth remembering that people who are intoxicated are a lot less likely to clean their teeth at night before they go to bed.
We hope you find these post Easter teeth tips helpful for both you and your family. But remember, if you have any concerns or feel you are in need of a routine examination, contact our reception team on 01752 224880.
From all of us here at Mead Dental, we do hope you had an enjoyable Easter and we look forward to seeing you soon.