What That Easter Chocolate Is Doing To Your Teeth And Breath
We know it's bad for us, but exactly what is that extra Easter chocolate doing to our teeth?
We asked Doctore David Hills from The Dental Studio to break things down a bit for us.
But first, let's look at the actual sugar content that is in our chocolate.
Take the iconic Cadbury Creme Egg for instance -- each one has 26 grams of sugar, which is about six heaped teaspoons.
That's slightly more than in a Coca Cola mini can.
That, in between the egg and pile of sugar, is a British two pence coin for scale -- which is slightly bigger than an Aussie 10 cent coin.
That, however, won't stop us from shelling out $210 million on Easter goodies this year.
According to Hills it's fine to treat yourself to chocolate in small amounts "every now and again" -- but we need to keep in mind that the high concentrations of sugar can be bad for our teeth and our health in general when consumed regularly.
Our mouths are pretty good at defending our pearly whites from the effects of sugar and acids mainly through the production of saliva which neutralises acids and kills bad bacteria.
"Things get nasty when we start snacking and have continuous supplies of sugars in our mouths that our saliva can't control -- which most of us fall victim to over the Easter period," Hills explained.
To keep teeth in good condition, he recommends simple solutions including brushing and flossing day and night, using mouthwash (something portable is good, like Listerine Go!Tabs) and tucking into chocolate during meal times rather than as a snack.
Chocolate can also impact your breath.
"Chocolate can contain over 50 percent sugar which bacteria use for energy, creating acid that causes cavities and smelly chemicals that give us bad breath," Hills said.
To avoid this he recommends keeping it as a treat or reward and consuming small amounts.
According to Hills the theory that switching chocolate for lollies or candy is 'better' for our teeth is very wrong.
"Chewy candies tend to get stuck in our teeth and linger there for hours. Similarly, hard candies like lollipops are consumed over a long period of time -- giving your teeth an extended sugar hit. These types of candy are much worse for our teeth than chocolate!"
There you have it.
Feature image: Getty.