It’s that time again where the shelves of your local supermarket are bursting at the seams with chocolate eggs and sugary treats in celebration of the Easter holidays. It can be a big challenge to avoid these tempting sweet treats, but don’t forget the impact this could have on your teeth and your health.
With an average 100g of milk chocolate egg containing 54g of sugar, one full 225g Easter egg is packing over 120g of sugar, which is four entire days sugar allowance for the average adult, and around six days of sugar allowance for children aged 4-6*. This would not take into account any additional sugars hidden in the foods you eat on top of this.
Every time you eat something packed with sugar, your teeth are being attacked for up to one hour, producing harmful acids that increase the risk of tooth decay. Therefore it’s vital to limit sugary foods and reduce the amount of time your mouth is at risk.
Below are some tips you can follow this Easter break to take the best care of your teeth without missing out on any of the fun.
- Brush teeth twice daily for two minutes a time with a fluoride toothpaste, not forgetting to supervise children brushing if they are under seven years of age.
- Restrict chocolate consumption to only meal times, rather than constant nibbling throughout the day.
- After your meals, eat a small piece of cheese – this helps to neutralise the acids that can cause tooth decay.
- Consider giving your child a non-sugar containing gift such as a cuddly toy or trip to the zoo, or limit them to a few treat size Easter eggs.
Limiting your sugar intake will do more than benefit your teeth and oral health, it can improve your general wellbeing. The key is to consume everything in moderation and have a consistent oral healthcare routine.
Have a great Easter!