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Protect your smile this Easter

With Easter coming upon us it’s important to look after your teeth by thinking about how much sugar is in your chocolate and lollies. Did you know that some of our Easter favourites have this much sugar in them?

  • Marshmallow Eggs (1 egg) – 4 teaspoons each
  • Dark Chocolate Eggs (43 grams) – 5 teaspoons
  • Cadbury Creme Eggs (1 egg) – 5 teaspoons
  • Russell Stover Marshmallow Eggs (1 egg) – 4 teaspoons
  • Peeps Marshmallow Bunnies (4 small bunnies) – 6.5 teaspoons
  • M&M’s Milk Chocolate Eggs (42 grams) – 7 teaspoons
  • Jellybeans (40 grams) – 7 teaspoons

Eating lots of sugar can lead to decay but there are ways to avoid serious damage. Here’s our Dental’s team top tips help you protect your teeth from toothaches during Easter.

  • Wait 30 minutes after eating before you brush your teeth – snacking on candy often weakens tooth enamel and brushing straight afterwards makes it worse. Waiting half an hour gives your saliva a chance to neutralise acids and re-harden the enamel.
  • Drink water after eating – this helps rinse food particles from your mouth and reduces the risk of tooth decay.
  • Eat healthy snacks – incorporating snacks like apples, celery, carrots and cheese into your diet can help promote saliva production which helps reduce the risk of tooth decay. Plus, those crispy veggies have fibre that helps clean your teeth too!
  • Try dark chocolate – organic dark chocolate with a sugar content of no more than 6-8 gram per serving. While also being yummy, dark chocolate has many health benefits and contains flavonoids which can slow tooth decay.
  • Attend regular check-ups – give our deadly dental clinics a call for an appointment on 3240 8900 (press 2) and we can help you and your family be proud of your oral health.
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