How Much Sugar does an Easter Egg Contain?
April 15th, 2019
Did you know that in the UK, an incredible 90 million chocolate eggs are sold every Easter? Although there is a lot of pleasure to be had in giving, receiving and of course consuming this traditional Easter gift, there is one aspect that people are becoming more and more conscious of – the sugar content.
According to consumer research, an average medium Easter egg contains an average of 55-65% added sugar – that’s equivalent to 23 teaspoons of sugar – almost four times the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) daily maximum recommended amount for a six year old. For larger eggs, this can rise to as much as 30 teaspoons! We all know that sugar is bad for both our health and teeth in general, but what exactly does it do to our teeth? What better time than now to look at this all important question.
Easter eggs in numbers
The website safefood.eu, run by the government of Ireland, has recently gathered some facts and figures about just how much sugar we can expect our children to consume at Easter.
|66%||Highest sugar content found in an Easter egg|
|24||Average number of teaspoons of sugar in a medium Easter egg|
|73||Number of teaspoons of sugar in a large egg with two chocolate bars|
|13 – 28||Average number of teaspoons of sugar in a chocolate bunny|
|6||Maximum recommended sugar intake for a 6 year old child in teaspoons|
Why is sugar bad for my teeth?
There are many different bacteria in your mouth, both good and bad. When you consume a lot of sugar, this creates the perfect breeding ground for harmful bacteria, which feed on the sugar in your mouth and create acids which quickly start attacking the enamel surface of your teeth.
This shiny protective layer plays a vital role in protecting the more delicate inner layers of your teeth (dentin) as well as the root. If the enamel or dentine is damaged, you are likely to experience pain and discomfort, and even risk losing your tooth.
What is a cavity?
A dental cavity or carie is the term used by dentists to describe damage to the enamel or dentine of your teeth as a result of tooth decay caused by acid. In many cases, this is not visible to the untrained eye, but your dentist will be able to instantly recognise the signs during your routine examination.
Once cavities begin to form, they can quickly become problematic. If not identified and treated, they can cause pain, discomfort and ultimately loss of teeth.
How can I prevent cavities?
Limiting your sugar intake is by far the most effective way to prevent cavities. Dentists recommend reducing the amount of sweet foods and drinks you consume, and avoid consuming sugar between meal times.
Always ensure that you and your children brush teeth twice a day for at least two minutes, using a fluoride toothpaste. Adults may wish to use a mouthwash as well, but it is recommended that you avoid rinsing directly after brushing as this will wash away the fluoride protection from your toothpaste and therefore reduce the benefits of brushing.
Finally, make sure you and your family attend regular appointments with your dental team, who will be able to monitor the health of your teeth and gums and look out for the early signs of tooth decay. Together with the hygienist, your dentist can also offer personalised advice to help you and your family keep your mouths in the best possible shape.
We would like to wish all of our patients a happy Easter and encourage adults and children alike to be tooth aware and indulge responsibly. To book an appointment or enquire about becoming a member, call today on 01424 713051.