The Easter bunny is on her way…
And we all know what that means – sweets and chocolate! If you are planning on eating lots of sweet stuff this Easter, please ensure you give your teeth some consideration, urge our Kent dentists.
Sugar and plaque bacteria cause decay but it’s not how much you eat, it’s how often and how long the sugar is on your teeth that really matters. It takes your teeth at least 45 minutes to recover from every sugar attack. With this in mind, please remember to:
- Keep sweets and chocolate to mealtimes to avoid multiple sugar attacks throughout the day and evening
- Brush twice a day for 2 minutes using a fluoride toothpaste.* To get rid of the sugar and plaque on your teeth
- Only use a pea-sized blob of toothpaste on your brush
- Spit not rinse after brushing, as rinsing washes away the fluoride
- Make sure you watch children under 7 brush their teeth to check they are doing it right
- Change your toothbrush every 3 months
- Visit your dentist regularly – ideally every 6 months – so that your teeth remain healthy and strong for life
At Danson Park Dental Practice in Bexleyheath we provide our patients from around Bexleyheath, Welling, Bexley and across Kent with vital health messages about diet and sugar.
Our hygiene therapist, Lucy Balogova is a great source of information. She can provide training on the correct way to brush your teeth, how to floss effectively, how to use interdental brushes, toothbrush care, hygiene aids that may be helpful, how much and what type of toothpaste to use, and much more. If you have dental care questions – ask Lucy.
However, some people’s teeth are sadly more vulnerable and prone to decay than others. Even with careful restriction of sugary, sweet, acidic food and drink to mealtimes.
* Please check that your child’s toothpaste contains between 1,350 and 1,500ppm of fluoride.