Easter Sunday already… this year is really flying by!
As we remember the resurrection of Jesus today with the distribution of those yummy and tempting Easter eggs and some of us “going back on the chocolate after lent”, it is important that we don’t neglect our dental health.
Enjoy those Easter treats definitely! But also remember not to over indulge yourselves and ensure in looking after your teeth and gums.
As with our earlier blogs , we know tooth decay will occur when we consume food and drinks containing sugar. Bacteria in the plaque on our teeth mix with the sugar and change it into acid. This acid then attacks the surface of the teeth, causing it to weaken or ‘demineralise’. This can cause considerable irreversible damage to the teeth and lead to cavities or holes in those pearly whites.
5 Tips on How to enjoy those Easter eggs and avoid dental decay:
- Keep munching on the easter egg at mealtimes rather than between meals. Saliva in your mouth helps neutralise the acid produced by bacteria during mealtimes, it helps to neutralise the acids, wash away food debris & repair the early effects of tooth decay by remineralising tooth enamel and therefore it is best to consume that chocolacious Easter Eggs when having one of your main meals.
- Chewing a small piece of sugar-free chewing gum after a meal or having a sugary treat will help to stimulate saliva, neutralise acid and keep bacteria from sticking to the surface of the teeth.
- After enjoying those Easter eggs make sure you drink enough water preferably gargle to wash away the sugars that create acids and cause decay.
- Always brush your teeth at least twice each day to avoid any chances of dental decay.
- Flossing is perhaps even more important than brushing because it removes bacteria that are the precursors of plaque, which if left to fester will turn into tartar that cannot be removed by regular brushing or flossing.
Now Enjoy those delectable and toothsome Easter Eggs avoiding dental decay!
Indian Dental Association wishes you all a Very Happy Easter Sunday!