It’s Easter, so the chances are you are going to indulge at least a little bit, but with care and attention, you can make sure this holiday doesn’t negatively impact your teeth.
Avoid Snacking on Sugary Treats
When you were little, your parents probably told you not to eat too many sweets because you would damage your pearly whites, and this is true because sugar feeds bacteria in the mouth, and these bacteria create acid that dissolves and damage your teeth, eventually causing cavities. When you snack on these foods more frequently, your mouth is acidic for longer, increasing the damage.
Make sure when you have something sugary it’s as part of a main meal when your mouth is naturally more acidic. After eating, wait at least half an hour before brushing your teeth which gives the acidity levels in your mouth a chance to normalise.
Brush and Floss Every Day
It’s essential to brush your teeth at least twice a day and especially before bedtime because it removes all the bacteria that have built up over the day. Flossing is another essential task, but it’s especially important if you are eating more sugary foods. Often, pieces of sugary or starchy foods will get trapped in between your teeth. Flossing removes anything missed by your toothbrush.