With Easter just around the corner, that means another holiday with perhaps some sweet treats.
Ere, Kreativ Dental Clinic in Budapest, Hungary, shares some tips to help you protect your teeth during the Easter season and beyond.
Take your chocolate and eat it too!
For many, Easter means munching on tasty chocolate eggs. However, chocolate is filled with sugar, and if you take high doses of sugar in your mouth, they support the growth of bacteria and plaque, and contribute to gum disease. Excessive sugar consumption can also lead to cavities.
The World Health Organization recommends that adults keep their sugar intake below 12 teaspoons per day. And did you know that a standard chocolate bar can contain about five teaspoons of sugar? We’re not saying you shouldn’t enjoy Easter eggs during the holidays, but watch how much you consume.
Maybe you limit yourself to your favorite chocolate, instead of having three or four different kinds of eggs. And you might even consider low-sugar chocolate alternatives.
According to studies, dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa) is rich in antioxidants and contains less sugar than milk or white chocolate, making it less harmful to your teeth.
Brush after eating sweet treats
After eating, sugar and acid remain in your mouth. It is recommended to brush your teeth for at least 30-60 minutes after eating, as brushing too quickly after eating sugary or acidic foods can damage the enamel.
That’s because your tooth enamel is softer as it’s being attacked by the acids in your mouth. So waiting a while can help harden your frosting.
Practice good oral hygiene
As always, your teeth should be brushed for about two minutes at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to keep them and your mouth healthy. Be sure to brush your teeth gently, using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
It’s also important to floss daily and use mouthwash after brushing. And always go to bed with clean teeth to help protect them from plaque and reduce the effects of dry mouth. Your mouth doesn’t produce as much saliva when you sleep, so this makes it a breeding ground for bacteria. So brush before going to sleep!
Eat chocolate during meals!
Don’t have chocolate for your dinner, but consider eating your Easter egg right after your meal, rather than in between meals.
This is because a mouth that is already producing saliva is more resistant to the acid attack. Saliva helps neutralize the acids and wash away food residues.
Visit the dental experts
It’s important for everyone to schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings, but have you been having problems with your teeth for a while?
Maybe you hate the look of your teeth, or maybe you find it difficult to chew your food properly. Whatever your dental problems, have you ever thought about doing something about it and traveling for dental treatment?
The thought of a dentist visit in Ireland can be off-putting, especially with outrageous prices. On average, a single dental implant in Ireland costs €1,500. At Kreativ Dental Clinic, however, a single dental implant starts from € 680.
Mary Flanagan became the Irish representative at Kreativ Dental Clinic, after her own experience there was a success. When she first started thinking about dental treatment, she was quoted up to €60,000 for treatment in Ireland.
But when she traveled to Budapest, she ended up getting eight implants and 26 porcelain crowns for the much lower price of €12,000, plus €400 for her flights.
The first consultation and x-ray were free, and the clinic also offers free accommodation for the first night in Budapest and free transfers to and from the airport.
“Kreativ Dental Clinic offers a breakdown of everything and has a team of specialists who have been working at the clinic from the very beginning,” says Mary. “We also provide aftercare in Ireland should there be a problem after treatment.”
The clinic offers a range of treatment options, including dental implants, teeth whitening, root canal treatments and periodontal surgery.
Easter is known as a time of new beginnings and a fresh start – a great opportunity to focus on the health of your teeth.
Mary Flanagan says, “If you are not happy with your teeth, you have nothing to lose by visiting Kreativ Dental Clinic and attending a free consultation. You are never pressured to continue with any treatment. It is up to you after the consultation whether you want to continue or not.
“You can get cheap flights to Budapest depending on when you book. The sooner you book a flight, the better. But make sure that there is an appointment slot available in the clinic first.”
You can even combine your visit to Kreativ Dental with a tour of beautiful Budapest. A perfect Easter getaway!
For more information visit kreativdentalclinic.eu, call Mary on (086) 029 9998 or send an email to [email protected]