At this time of year, chocolate is everywhere, and you’re bound to want to indulge at least a little! Here’s how you can still enjoy some chocolate without damaging your pearly whites.

Don’t Ditch Your Regular Oral Care Routine

The long weekend is a busy time, but make sure you still brush your teeth at least twice a day and that you floss once-a-day. If you are going away, be sure to pack your toothbrush and toothpaste.

Make Friends with Fluoride and Floss

Regularly brushing your teeth is essential for strong teeth and healthy gums, but if you can’t do this pack a small travel sized bottle of fluoride mouthwash so you can rinse after meals. Otherwise, freshen up with sugar-free chewing gum to help minimise damage. Keep some floss in your bag because there’s nothing more irritating than having something stuck between your teeth!

Designate a Treat O’clock Time

Instead of snacking all day long on chocolate, designate a time when you will enjoy a sweet treat. It’s better to include chocolate as part of the main meal which will limit damage to your teeth.

The good news is that chocolate is better for your teeth than sticky toffee or hard sweets because it melts easily, leaving less sugar behind to cause any damage.