‘Tis this season to be jolly, and merry. This Christmas, although it may seem like it may be a little different compared to previous years, we’ll still be doing the same of indulging into festive food, drinks and treats. Whilst it can be a great feeling to do so, it will also be taking a real toll on our teeth too.
With alcohol flowing and extra sweet treats available, we’ll be increasing our intake of sugar this month. This means it’s more important than ever that we take the relevant steps to look after our teeth and protect our oral health as much as we can. Here are some tips to ensure you have a pearly white Christmas in 2020.
Keep your treats to one sitting
When it comes to eating and drinking during Christmas, it’s not necessarily to do with how much sugar intake you have but more to do with how often you eat it. Where possible, try to keep your treats to meal times or have them in one serving when you have a meal.
This is because this will be the time when your teeth are at the least risk of acid attacks. When you eat food, your mouth naturally produces saliva which helps to neutralise the acid in and around your mouth and stabilise the PH levels. It can also be beneficial for rinsing away food particles and sugary substances.
Brush at least twice a day
This should be a habit that you have already, but if not you should be looking to brush your teeth at least twice a day during Christmas. This should be done day and night to help protect the teeth and clean away all the excess food that would be lingering throughout the day. As well as brushing twice a day, you should also floss your teeth to get in the awkward positions that your normal brushing can’t tackle.
Avoid the candy canes
Candy canes are a traditional sweet to have during the Christmas season. However, the hard boiled nature of them can be very damaging for your teeth. They require a strong bite and strong teeth, but it runs the risk of your chipping your teeth or damaging them permanently.
Considering your local dentist Warrington is likely to be closed, the last thing you want is for damage made to your teeth and being unable to attend. Therefore, if you can, avoid hard boiled sweets altogether and ensure your teeth remain intact.
Moderate sugary drinks and fruit juices
You should look to moderate the amount of juice and sugary drinks you consume during Christmas. They will be readily available at the serving table but consistent sugar contact with your teeth can cause acid to erode your teeth and build decay.
If you prefer to have fizzy drinks for your beverage, consider using a straw when you have them and place the straw towards the back of the mouth to avoid direct contact with your teeth and gums. This will prevent the teeth from being overwhelmed with acid attacks.
Create a cheese board
A great festive addition to the Christmas menu is opting for a cheese board for everyone to share. Whilst it may seem strange to simply munch on cheese as a snack, it has many benefits to increasing your oral health.
Cheese helps to promote saliva in and around the mouth which attacks the acid formation from the food and drink that you eat throughout the day. It neutralises the acid and settles the PH levels. This is why it’s a great choice for a snack when everyone’s enjoying their drinks and having snacks as it makes the alcohol or fizzy drink less harmful to your teeth.
Christmas is a great occasion for everyone to get together. There’s sure to be food and drinks flowing but be sure that your health is considered too. The steps above are just some of the ways that you can help to maintain your oral health and ensure you can keep a pearly white smile leading towards the new year. These are also some of the habits that you can share with your family and friends, so they can play their part in maintaining their oral health.
Besides these tips, it’s important to visit your dentist regularly too. If you need a recommendation, make your teeth feel good with general and cosmetic dentistry Paramus.