With Christmas just around the corner, we are preparing for our busiest time of the year for us dentists.
The festive period is associated with lots of tasty food and drink, that people wouldn’t usually consume at other points in the year. For example; toffees, dried fruits, mince pies and fruit cake can all cause significant damage to teeth from the high sugar content and sticky texture. Some of these foods can even contain hard bits that could chip or crack a weak tooth.
If, like most people, you will be indulging on food and drink this Christmas, it is important that you take extra care of your oral hygiene. We recommend brushing, flossing and using mouthwash at least twice a day, making sure you are removing all traces of sticky substances and plaque.
Here are some tips to help you keep your mouth in top condition throughout the festivities this year:
- Keeping up your oral hygiene routine
We all know we should be brushing our teeth twice daily but a high percentage of families let that slip on Christmas Day. Taking two minutes out of your morning and evening may seem like a chore when all you want to do is open presents but it could save you from hours in the dentist chair. If you are staying with others this Christmas, make sure you remember to charge your toothbrush before you go.
- Enjoy the festive food
Would Christmas be complete without cranberries and a good cheeseboard? In moderation, cranberries are good for your teeth so feel free to enjoy some with your turkey dinner. Ending a meal with some cheese works wonders for your teeth as it returns your mouth back to a neutral acidity – helping to prevent tooth decay.
- Teeth aren’t tools
Teeth are not designed to be used as tools. Using your teeth to open packets, tear off labels or open bottles is never a good idea. You can chip, break or crack your teeth this way and even pull the whole tooth out by the root. Reach for the bottle opener this Christmas!
- Sugary foods in moderation
We don’t expect you to stay away from the tasty festive treats altogether, we certainly won’t be! We just want you to be aware of the amount of sugar some of your favourite Christmas foods contain and consume these in moderation to protect your teeth from decay.
Christmas means lots of family photos and for many people, this is a worry. A high percentage of adults are unhappy with their teeth and try to hide their smile.
If this is you, why not give yourself a boost of confidence this Christmas and have your teeth treated? Having your teeth whitened, straightened or having implants fitted can transform your life for the better.
Contact Marquess Dental on 01248 787878 to book an appointment or have a chat with one of our friendly staff members about the many treatments we can offer you.
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