Christmas is quickly approaching and we’ll soon be enjoying well deserved time off with our friends and family, and indulging in delicious food and drink. Christmas is most certainly about enjoyment but it is a time that our dental health can take a bit of a hit.
Our latest blog offers some practical tips on how to take care of your oral health during the Christmas season, so you can enjoy the festivities without worrying about the effects on your teeth.
Don’t Forget Your Oral Hygiene Routine
With all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas period, it can be easy to skip or rush through your oral hygiene routine. However, maintaining a consistent routine of brushing and interdental cleaning is crucial for protecting your teeth. Aim to brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time, and don’t forget to clean between the teeth daily to remove plaque and food debris.
Avoid Using Your Teeth as Tools
Opening presents, tearing gift wrap and cracking nuts with your teeth might seem convenient, but it can lead to dental emergencies. Using your teeth as tools can cause chips, cracks and even fractures.
Arrange a Dental Checkup
Before the Christmas period gets into full swing, consider arranging a dental checkup. This will ensure that any potential issues are addressed before they worsen and you can receive professional advice on how to maintain your oral health during the festive period. This may also be a great opportunity for a visit to one of our lovely hygienists, to have your teeth cleaned and polished ready for the party season.
Be Mindful of What You Drink
Many festive drinks, such as hot chocolate, beer and wine, can be acidic and sugary, which can weaken tooth enamel and contribute to tooth decay. Of course, we’re not telling you to not enjoy these delicious drinks over the festive period, but things like rinsing your mouth with water afterwards can help to neutralise acids and remove sugars.
One of the pleasures of the festive season is also the abundance of delicious food and sweets. While indulging in these treats is perfectly fine, moderation is a sensible option as prolonged exposure to sugary foods can increase the risk of tooth decay. Remember to brush and clean in between your teeth after eating to remove any residual sugars.
Chew Sugar-Free Chewing Gum
Chewing sugar-free gum can be a helpful way to stimulate saliva production, which can aid in rinsing away food particles and neutralising acids in your mouth. Look for chewing gum that contains xylitol, a sugar substitute known for its dental benefits.
Christmas is a time for celebration and you should be able to enjoy everything the festive period offers without worrying about your dental health.
With these tips in mind, you can have a bright and healthy smile throughout the Christmas period and beyond. Don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your dental needs. We are currently accepting new patients and would be delighted to welcome you to our Preston clinic.