4 tips for keeping your teeth healthy during Easter
Easter is a time for family, friends and delicious chocolate treats
You can enjoy chocolate without going overboard, and you can enjoy chocolate without doing too much damage to your teeth. If you eat any sugary food in moderation and look after your teeth, the damage should be minimal or non-existent to your teeth.
What it means to take care of your oral health
Brushing and flossing are not the only things you can—or should—be doing to look after your oral health. Your diet also plays a role in the health of your teeth; what you eat, and how often, affect the health and strength of your teeth.
For example: did you know that it’s bad for your teeth if you brush them inside half an hour of eating? When we eat, the enamel of our teeth becomes soft, if you don’t give it time to recover before brushing, you can actually do more harm than good. Also every time you consume something sugary you’re exposing your teeth to sugar—if you eat and drink sugary foods throughout the day, you aren’t giving your teeth time to recover which makes it harder for them to fight tooth decay.
How to keep your teeth healthy during Easter
When it comes to eating chocolate, you should eat it in moderation. You should also choose dark, organic chocolate over sugary milk chocolate. Dark chocolate is actually far better for you than sugary milk chocolate; not only does it have far less sugar, but there is research under way into its other health benefits.
Four tips for keeping your teeth healthy during Easter:
- Snack on cheese, celery, carrot or apple after chocolate.
These snacks are not only better for you than chocolate; they also help keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
- Chew sugar-free gum
Make sure it’s sugar-free because if it’s regular gum you’re not doing your teeth (or yourself) any favours. Sugar-free gum is beneficial because it promotes saliva production which can minimise tooth decay. Sugar-free gum also can help to clean food debris from crevices of your teeth.
- Drink plenty of water
Drinking water after each meal or snack is good for rinsing food particles from your mouth. Doing this reduces the amount of foodstuff the bacteria in your mouth has to feed off and cause tooth decay.
- Visit Lutwyche Dental for regular dental check-ups and cleans
To help maintain your oral health visit to Lutwyche Dental once or twice a year for a check-up and clean. A professional clean from a dentist provides a level of cleaning that is more rigorous than what you can do with brushing and flossing. Regular check-ups can prevent problems from being major issues that require a lot of dental work.
Keep your teeth healthy during Easter
During Easter, there’s no reason not to enjoy the odd bit of chocolate every now and then. Just make sure you’re taking care of your teeth. With Lutwyche Dental’s 4 tips, it’ll be easy for you to maintain good oral health during Easter.