Sugar overload? Discover the insider know-how to smiling perfection

Ever wondered what happens after a sweet chocolate indulgence? Martin Place Dental Health shares the latest tips and tricks for optimal health. 

After a little indulgence over Easter, we’re often thinking about the impact to our waistlines. But it’s easy to forget about the potential damage that all those sweet treats can do to your teeth. We asked Martin Place Dental Health for their expert advice and tips on how to keep your teeth in great shape.

1. Don't be a grazer
Munching on chocolate eggs all day long is not only bad for your waistline, but also bad for your teeth. So, eat the chocolate straight after your egg hunt and then step away from the Easter treats. About 20 minutes after you eat, your saliva begins to neutralise the acids that are formed by the bacteria in your mouth. The more frequently that you eat, the longer your tooth enamel will be exposed to cavity-causing acids. 

2. Rinse after eating
While it may be tempting to brush after every indulgence, brushing immediately after eating a sugary snack can do more damage than good. This is because your tooth enamel is softer while it is under attack from the acids in your mouth. Waiting a bit will help your enamel harden. We recommend simply rinsing your mouth with water after eating a sweet treat. Plain water helps the saliva do the job of neutralising the pH of the mouth.

3. Practice good oral hygiene 
Brush twice a day. Take care to brush your teeth gently, with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brushing too hard can scour away tooth enamel or damage your gums. Tooth brushing should take about two minutes every morning and night, and you should follow your brushing with a thorough flossing at least once a day. 

Our Insider Tip: Need a check-up? Take advantage of Martin Place Dental Health’s New Patient Special. Your check-up will be free with your private health fund, or $195 without it. Valued at $460, you’ll receive an initial examination, OPG (full mouth x-ray), 2 bitewing x-rays, fluoride, scale and clean and a take home bag with complimentary toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and mouth rinse. Not to mention a treatment plan for further treatment if needed. You’ll be smiling sweetly all year round!

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