31 Mar Six Tips to Protect Your Teeth Over Easter
Easter is fast-approaching and it’s usually a time for spending with family & friends whist indulging yourself just a little. After a long lockdown period we are all looking forward to a celebration or two.
Step 2 of the government plan to come safely out of lockdown now allows us to mix outdoors, with the Rule Of 6 – a max of 6 people or 2 households.
Why don’t we keep our fingers crossed for some lovely weather (hopefully as nice as it was last year during the first lockdown) and make the most of it! Time for the BBQ to come out of hibernation we think – even if it’s cold and we have to layer up and snuggle under a blanket or two!!!
Spending time outdoors has been shown to greatly improve mood and mental well-being. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, then you will appreciate watching it coming back to life after the winter and enjoy watching those bulbs flourish and those little buds start to open.
So back to that little bit of Easter indulgence – we’re not going to tell you what you can or can’t eat but we can give you some advice.
Here are 6 tips to protect your teeth over Easter…
- Avoid multiple sugar attacks – it’s been proven that lots of sugary treats in a day cause the most damage. Ideally, enjoy your treat at mealtimes rather than as snacks between meals to reduce the number of “attacks” on your teeth.
- Pick your treat with care – generally the higher the cocoa content the lower the sugar so, if you like darker chocolate look for Easter eggs with 70% cocoa content. If it’s a child that you are buying for, then they may not like dark chocolate. Choose a smaller egg with a toy or Easter-themed gift. You could try using the Change4Lfe scanning app or look at the traffic light label to discover how much sugar is in the egg before you make your choice. That being said, it is a treat, and as long as you save the Easter eggs for a special occasion and eat a balanced diet otherwise, you should be absolutely fine.
- Make sure you clean your teeth properly – sounds simple but many of us get this vital part wrong. Remember what Beth and Lucy have taught you, use the cleaning aids they have recommended and remember to spit not rinse. Finally, don’t use a mouthwash after brushing otherwise you are swilling all that lovely fluoride protection away!
- Enjoy a cheeky little glass of wine or a beer but please don’t use your teeth as a bottle opener (nor to rip open bags of crisps or nuts!)
- At the end of your meal try eating a little bit of cheese or chew on some sugar-free gum to neutralise those harmful acids.
- Make sure that you have your routine dentist and therapist appointments booked to keep your teeth at maximum health – remember that Matt, Gianluca, Beth and Lucy are all here to advise you and will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.