Anything that looks sweet, or tastes sweet, is usually frowned upon by the dental profession, as consuming too much can cause early tooth decay. However, according to orthodontists it’s not all that bad, especially when it comes to Easter, which is heaven for those who have a sweet tooth. Just by following some useful tips it could help to save your teeth from too much suffering and you may still be able to enjoy Easter.
- Choose an egg made from dark chocolate
You probably already know that dark chocolate is rarely as sweet as milk chocolate, but it has other useful properties as well. The cocoa beans themselves when processed are one of the main in ingredients of chocolate. They have been found to contain several products that are friendly to teeth. They help to prevent damaging bacteria from adhering itself to the enamel of your teeth, which can mean less tooth decay.
The beans contain theobromine, which it seems has been shown to be much more effective at hardening your tooth enamel than even fluoride. That doesn’t mean you should go out and buy a dark chocolate crème egg loaded with sugar. You have to be a lot more fussy than that, which means choosing the highest quality of dark chocolate which even though it may contain a little sugar and milk it is still a lot less than milk chocolate and the beans might just improve the outcomes of your teeth.
- Eat your egg allowance all at once
It’s better to eat your allowance after mealtimes so your teeth have a chance to recover. There is nothing worse for teeth than nibbling at an egg throughout the day. So, if you are serious about your teeth you can still enjoy Easter with an egg but don’t nibble at it throughout the day.
- Don’t go overboard with brushing your teeth
You may be thinking that if you dash off to the bathroom after you have devoured an Easter egg you will be doing your teeth a favour. This can actually harm your teeth, so should be avoided at all costs. Acid tends to build up in the mouth after eating an Easter egg, so if you start brushing too soon after eating the chocolate you can accelerate the damage done by the acid.
It’s actually better to give time for your saliva to disperse the acid before starting to clean your teeth. While you are waiting the 30 minutes or so for this to happen it won’t do any harm to drink some water which will remove any chocolate particles that have find their way into the hidden corners of your teeth and mouth.
The main thing is to take the health of your teeth seriously. You don’t need to overdo it at Easter, but you don’t need to cut out chocolate altogether, leaving you something to look forward to with family and friends.