So you like eating chocolate? What about your teeth?

When you get your picture taken, everyone says, “Say cheese! Chocolate! Smile!”
We all need healthy teeth to be able to have a great shiny smile.

It’s because your teeth are important in many ways. If you take care of them, they’ll help take care of you. Strong, healthy teeth help you chew the right foods to help you grow. They help you speak clearly. And yes, they help you have a great smile.

It’s very important to take care of your teeth, to help prevent plaque (say: PLAK), which is a clear film of bacteria (say: bak-TEER-ee-uh) that sticks to your teeth.

After you eat, bacteria go crazy over the sugar on your teeth, like ants at a picnic. The bacteria break it down into acids that eat away tooth enamel, causing holes. Plaque can also cause gum disease that make your gums red, swollen, and sore. Your gums are those soft pink tissues in your mouth that hold your teeth in place.

So after you have eaten some yummy chocolate or sweets, remember, the plaque on your teeth is just waiting for that sugar to arrive, so always try to brush them straight afterwards. And, eat lots of fruits and vegetables and drink water instead of fizzy drinks. And don’t forget to smile!


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