Children and adults alike will often look forward to Easter celebrations and, of course, all that chocolate. While sweet treats can wreck a diet, don’t forget they can also damage your teeth. Whenever you eat something sweet, bacteria in your mouth use these sugars as fuel, creating acid as a by-product that erodes your tooth enamel. Over time this erosion can eventually cause cavities. The good news is that by taking a few simple precautions, you can still enjoy some chocolate without damaging your teeth.
Choose Chocolate over Other Candies
Chocolate is a better choice than sticky or highly acidic sweets because it melts quite quickly, leaving less residue on your teeth.
Enjoy Chocolate as Part of a Main Meal
Snacking on chocolate throughout the day increases the amount of time your teeth are exposed to acid. Instead, plan to enjoy some chocolate as part of a main meal.
Rinse but Don’t Brush Immediately
After you have eaten chocolate, rinse your mouth with water but wait at least half an hour before brushing your teeth. This is because your teeth are initially softer and waiting a while allows your enamel to re-harden slightly, reducing the risk of acid erosion.