A new survey by the British Dental Health Foundation revealed that the majority of people planned to munch their way through their Easter treats all in one sitting! 37% of those asked would eat their Easter eggs in one go, and 23% of people said they would snack on their chocolate over a couple of days.
While this is great news for our sweet tooth’s, it’s not so good for our overall oral health. Regardless of how much sugar is consumed, the real issue is how often it is indulged in and this is what really heightens the risk of tooth decay.
Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, said:
“It is better for children to eat sugary foods all together, rather than to spread eating them out over a few hours. Roughly one in four five-year-olds and one in three 12-year-olds suffer from tooth decay, so there is a very real need for parents to moderate their child’s sweet consumption. It is fine for children to have the odd sugary treat on a special occasion as long as they keep up their regular dental health routine.”
“Every time we eat or drink anything sugary, teeth are under attack for up to one hour. Saliva plays a major role in neutralising acid in the mouth, and it takes up to an hour for that to happen. If sweets are constantly being eaten, the mouth is constantly under attack and does not get the chance to recover.”
However, the research did show that 25% of those asked are reducing the impact Easter eggs can have on teeth by eating them with mealtimes.
“Practical solutions such as keeping sweets and sugary snacks to mealtimes only throughout the week and supervising their brushing before they go to bed are good ways to ensure your child’s oral health will not suffer long term damage. Limiting the number of Easter eggs your child has may also be worth considering,” Dr Carter added.