Protect Your Teeth This Easter
Easter is right around the corner so take note of Dr. Katz tips on how to protect your teeth and still indulge in your favourite Easter chocolate!
With Easter just around the corner and supermarket shelves stacked full of chocolate and sweets, dentist and founder of The Breath Company Dr. Harold Katz
, has outlined the treats that you should avoid to protect your teeth and those that you can indulge in.
AVOID THIS EASTER
Gummy sweets: Packed with lots of high fructose corn syrup, the sweetener acts as an alternative to sugar, and is often considered worse than its natural counterpart. Also, gelatin makes your teeth difficult to clean and are a big step toward cavities so should be avoided.
Caramel: The sugars are bad for you and the longer it stays on your molars and pearly whites, the more the sugars can wear down teeth enamel. Eventually, too much caramel would lead to tooth decay.
Hard boiled sweets and lollies: These treats are made from mainly sugar! The longer you spend licking away, the more the sugar accumulates on your teeth, which provides a breeding ground for bacteria!
INDULGE THIS EASTER
Dark chocolate: If you’re going to indulge then dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 75% and above is definitely the way to go. Dark chocolate contains tannins, polyphenols and flavonoids, which are all antioxidants that prevent bacteria from turning into damaging acids. Although more bitter tasting than milk chocolate, dark chocolate is definitely a better alternative!
Chocolate covered nuts: Almonds are a great alternative Easter treat as they are good for your body and teeth. Almonds break up some of the biofilm of the teeth, and if you coat them in dark chocolate, you’ll have an extra healthy treat.
Chocolate covered fruit: Some chocolate covered fruits can be great for your mouth and oral health. With a little bit of semi-sweet or dark chocolate coating, you've got yourself a healthy and tooth-friendly desert. Just make sure not to pack on several layers of chocolate!
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