Christmas is a time for festive fun and for some over-indulgence. However, this can not only have an impact on your waistline but also on your teeth and mouth. Follow our helpful hints to make sure your teeth stay healthy and you have fun too!
Stick to a routine – it can be hard to keep track of what day it is over the festive period but it is important to try and stick to a routine where your mouth is concerned. Parties and social events can mean staying out later than you would usually but remember to brush your teeth before going to bed to help protect from plaque and erosion.
Avoid the sweetie jar – everywhere you turn at Christmas there seems to be cakes, biscuits and sweet treats galore. Although delicious, they can be very high in sugar which is damaging for your teeth. There is also a lot of sugar in alcohol so watch out for that prosecco smile! There is also a lot more in-between meal snack around the festive period which means food debris can sit in your mouth longer promoting decay. We know it can be hard but if you are snacking more regularly, consider brushing your teeth twice a day rather than the usual two. If you are concerned about the amount of sugar you or your family are consuming, consider trying some sugar-free alternatives. The stickier the food the longer it will stick to your teeth – try to make special effort to brush after sticky food.
Do not use your teeth to open bottles – This can be dangerous and will likely result in you damaging your teeth. You do not want to have to visit the emergency dentist! Avoid hard foods that could cause damage too like toffees, candy canes, pork scratchings or boiled sweets.
Chew sugar-free gum – this is a good way to keep on top of your oral hygiene. Gum can help keep teeth and gums healthy and can help stop you from reaching for snacks in between meals. By chewing gum, you are helping to create more saliva which washes away acid and sugars. There is also the bonus of minty fresh breath should you find yourself under any mistletoe!
Cheese is your friend – it helps to prevent tooth decay by reducing acid levels in the mouth. It’s also rather tasty!
Toothbrushes make great stocking fillers – You should replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months which makes a great excuse to buy everyone toothbrushes as stocking fillers or Secret Santa gifts. Electric toothbrushes work best as they brush on small circular motions.
Drink plenty of water – keeping hydrated is always important but especially if you are drinking more alcohol and eating rich and unhealthy foods. Water can help wash away any old food or other debris that could longer in your mouth.
Most importantly remember to have fun and enjoy everything in moderation to keep your teeth and mouth as healthy as possible!