How to look after your teeth this Christmas
Posted 28th November, 2018
Christmas is just around the corner. This busy time of year can often put your teeth in danger.
We see many patients every year put their dental health at risk over the festive period. Here are some tips to help you keep your teeth healthy and avoid having to book an emergency dental appointment.
Keep up your routine
The most important part of keeping your teeth healthy is to follow an excellent oral hygiene routine. Unfortunately, due to the chaos that Christmas is associated with, a lot of patients neglect their oral hygiene.
An excellent oral hygiene routine consists of brushing your teeth thoroughly with either a manual or electric toothbrush, for two minutes. This should be done twice a day – once just before bed and at one other time during the day. It is important to give your tongue a quick brush as this also holds onto bacteria.
Brushing your teeth only cleans around 60% of the surfaces of the teeth. To make sure the rest is cleaned, you should be flossing at least once a day. This can be done at the same time as you brush your teeth, or at any other time during the day.
To really boost your oral hygiene, you can use alcohol-free mouthwash daily. Not only does this make your breath fresher, but it will also fight off bacteria. It is bacteria that leads to tooth decay.
Watch what you eat
Christmas is full of tempting foods that we wouldn’t usually treat ourselves to the rest of the year. Chocolates are a very popular festive treat but they are very high in sugar. If you just can’t resist, choose dark chocolate as this contains far less sugar.
The dried fruit found in mince pies, Christmas cake and Christmas pudding is actually bad for your teeth. They are surprisingly high in sugar and because of their stickiness, they surround your teeth for a prolonged amount of time.
Toffees are also a popular festive treat. Teeth cracking and chipping is a common occurrence when it comes to eating toffee. It can also destroy any existing dental work you may have including fillings and crowns.
Cut down on the sugary drinks
Most people enjoy more high-sugar drinks over Christmas than they would throughout the rest of the year. These include fizzy soft drinks, cordials and alcohol.
Prosecco is becoming a very popular tipple but are you aware of how bad it is for your dental health? The combination of its sugar content and high acidity means it can rot your teeth, as well as pull the gum away from your teeth.
It is important to be aware of how many sugary drinks you are taking in. Try to cut down as much as possible, and have a glass of water between drinks to neutralise the acidity in your mouth.
Don’t use your teeth as tools
It may be tempting to use your teeth to rip sellotape, open bottles or break off tags from clothes but this can lead to serious damage. Your teeth can chip, crack or badly break from doing these things, leading to difficult and expensive dental treatment. Don’t use your teeth as tools this Christmas.
Book a check-up appointment
We always recommend booking a dental health check-up either just before or just after Christmas. Our dentists will be able to check your teeth and gums for any potential problems before they develop into more serious problems. Detecting issues early will often mean easier, quicker and cheaper treatment.
If you would like to book an appointment with one of the experienced dentists at Gwersyllt Dental Care, call us on 01978 757 409.