Are you guilty of overindulging in creamy, caramel-filled and gooey chocolate eggs with your family over Easter? You’re not alone. According to some reports, Australians are the number one consumers of chocolate Easter eggs in the world.
While there’s nothing wrong with celebrating the season, there are health consequences to bingeing on chocolates. Because, before you know it, you may have consumed more than 30 teaspoons of sugar, and that’s on top of your regular diet. Read on to learn why you may need a dental check-up this week.
How much sugar is in chocolate?
We all know about the high sugar content in the regular foods and drinks we consume. For example, many know that there are about 12-14 teaspoons of sugar in the average soft drink and 10-12 teaspoons in the average fruit juice. But, according to ABC News, you may be surprised to learn that in a 200 gram Easter bunny there’s a whopping 27 teaspoons of sugar. That equates to 1100 calories. To burn off those calories, you’d need to run for 1 hour and 45 minutes. That’s a lot of time on the treadmill.
What does sugar do to teeth?
If that wasn’t enough to turn you off chocolate, it’s worth understanding exactly what sugar does to your teeth. When you consume sugar, it interacts with the plaque and bacteria in your mouth to produce acid. That acid slowly dissolves your enamel – the outer layer of your teeth – which creates holes (cavities) in your teeth. This is the most common reason for needing a tooth filling. If left untreated, you may need to visit us to have your tooth extracted. The more sugar you consume, the more acids you produce. If this process isn’t interrupted, the bacteria can spread to your gum line and irritate or, in some cases, infect your gums.
While this decay is not reversible, it is preventable.
Book your dental check-up with Gosford Family Dentist
To avoid tooth pain, decay and more serious dental concerns, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene and visit us for dental check-ups and cleans every six months. To make a booking, please contact our friendly team at Gosford Family Dentist on 4325 3221 or leave us a message.