Choctober is over finally! Whilst some dentists might not actually admit to their patients that they eat chocolate and sweets and ice cream and all of the nice stuff that we can get hold of, a little bit of realism helps a lot. I have recently celebrated my 41st birthday and my family and friends know that quietly, I'm a secret chocoholic! Normally I prefer dark, and often Green & Black's because it's organic. However when it comes down to it, I'm really not that fussy!
October turned out to be quite an excessive month chocolate wise, because I was fortunate enough to have a small break away to Spain on a climbing trip, and I happened to notice in the duty free on the way home that the rather large bars of 'Milka' chocolate, which is popular in Europe, were buy 2 get 1 free. It just so happened that I was buying 1 for my staff at work as a small gift, and I was buying 1 for my wife, so I ended up with a 3rd one for me! This, in addition to the chocolate I was bought for my birthday, I have been wading through, and finally we're just about there.
One of the most amusing pieces of chocolate I have seen lately, and perhaps one of my favourite birthday presents is a chocolate pasty, a picture of which is below. It does have a best before date of June 2013, but I think it's very unlikely that it will live to see that date!
How does this relate to teeth and dentistry? Often people think that as long as they brush their teeth 2 or 3 times per day, then they won't ever suffer with tooth decay or gum disease, but that's not strictly true. What actually is important is the frequency with which we eat and not what it is that we are eating. I have no objections to my patients enjoying the finer sweet things and confectionary that you can find, as long as they understand that the best time to enjoy those foods are with a meal, rather than snacking frequently though out the day. That way our bodies' own defences can help neutralise the acids produced by bacteria in our mouths that cause tooth decay.
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