Have yourself a chocolaty Christmas!

Dec 13, 2020Tips0 comments

We all know that Christmas is one of the sweetest times of the year with all that chocolate munching and we all love it, including me! However, we also know that sugar is bad for your teeth and what does chocolate mostly contain? That’s right, sugar! So I thought I’d share with you my top tips for protecting your pearly whites and your children’s this very chocolaty season.

1. Eat it all at once!

Yes, it’s better to eat it ALL in one go – I’m sure the little ones will be thrilled about this. As it takes over an hour for the mouth to rebalance after the sugar attack it’s not good to keep snacking here and there. Instead, make it fun, just like opening the Christmas gifts and once the time is up, get rid of the leftovers.

2. Brush BEFORE chocolate!

There might be an odd flavour at first but this means that your teeth are clean, have had a protective blast of fluoride and there’s less of the plaque bacteria that cause damage to your smile.

3. Do NOT brush after your chocolate feast!

The enamel of your teeth are most vulnerable after the sugar blast, brushing will only cause more damage. Rinse out with water, milk or best of all a fluoride mouthwash to restore the balance in your mouth.

4. Parents, lend a hand!

Make sure you brush your kid’s teeth in the evening, everyone up to the age of 8 years. I know it can be a hassle as they usually don’t tend to like it but this way you can ensure everything is squeaky clean. The night time brushing session is the most important as there is less saliva being produced. Don’t forget to do yours too!

Happy holidays everyone!

Dr Uchenna Signature