Easter is big business, and it can seem like an impossible task to limit the amount of chocolate given to and enjoyed by your children. But it is possible to maintain moderate and healthy habits during Easter. Also, chocolate is one of the better sweets to enjoy because it melts away more easily than sticky toffee is or caramel. Other tips include:
Drink Plenty of Water While Enjoying Your Sweet Treats
Water helps to neutralise acids produced by cavity-causing bacteria, and it helps the mouth to maintain a more neutral pH. After eating, swish your mouth vigorously with water because this can loosen and get rid of pieces of food caught between your teeth. When sweet food is stuck in your teeth for hours on end, the bacteria in your mouth will have a feast.
Don’t Snack on Sweets All Day Long
Every time you eat something sweet, your mouth becomes more acidic, increasing the risk of acid erosion and eventually cavities. It’s far better to eat chocolate or other sweets as part of your main meal, so your mouth is acidic for less time.
Wait before Brushing
The acid created by bacteria softens tooth enamel so wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth as this allows acid levels in your mouth to normalise.