Everyone – or most of us – loves chocolate and the season of Easter gives us a lot of possibilities to eat our favourite sweet in numerous sizes, flavours and shapes.
However, sometimes we do forget about that chocolate is not our teeth’s best friend…
Although dark chocolate contains antioxidants that are good for the mouth and the teeth, cleaning is still very important because sugar can be found in dark chocolate as well. We have not mentioned milk chocolate yet. Did you know that a bar of chocolate could contain about 44 grams of sugar which is 5.75 teaspoons of sugar?
But why sugar is bad for your teeth?
Sugar is a very important factor when we speak about tooth decay. Bacteria that can be found in the mouth use sugars as energy. If we consume too many sugars the bacteria in our teeth will grow faster and result a plaque on the teeth. Some bacteria are even able to turn the sugar into a kind of glue and stick itself onto the tooth. If the bacterium is “attached” to the tooth it is very hard to get rid of them by washing.
It does not mean that foods that contain sugar cannot be consumed but there are some ways to prevent our teeth from getting a “chocolate shock” at Easter time.
A way to prevent the teeth is to eat chocolate once a day, not tiny pieces in every half an hour all day. It takes about an hour for the mouth to get balanced again after sugar so if you eat chocolate numerous times a day your mouth have to work all day as well and may cannot work it out though the day.
Another good idea to prevent your teeth is to wash them before eating the chocolate. If you wash your teeth there will be a kind of fluoride layer on each of them that gives a good protection for the teeth. If you missed washing your teeth before eating chocolate do not make up for washing your teeth, just rinse your mouth out with water or a fluoride mouthwash to restore the balance in the mouth.
After all the feasts you can wash your teeth on a regular way before going to bed.
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