It’s finally December, so it’s time to get into the festive spirit. This period is a time of joy, celebration, and, let’s be honest, indulgence. You’re spending time with family, eating good food and sweet treats and drinking good wine.
With various delicious foods and drinks at our fingertips, it’s easy to let our oral health routine slip a little. However, it’s crucial to look after your teeth during the festive season to ensure you start the new year with a healthy smile.
1. Stick to your oral hygiene routine.
This might be the most obvious one, but it is very crucial. The holidays can disrupt our daily routines, but it’s essential to stick to your regular oral hygiene practices. For example, brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, and don’t forget to floss daily.
These simple steps are your first defence against tooth decay and gum disease.
2. Moderation is key.
The festive period involves lots of sweet treats instead of healthier snacks. There’s nothing wrong with a few sweet treats, but be mindful about not overdoing it.
Sweet treats are often loaded with sugar, producing acids that lead to tooth decay. Avoid sugary snacks, and brush your teeth afterwards if you indulge. If brushing isn’t possible, rinsing your mouth with water helps to wash away some of the sugars and acids. In addition, limit hard candies as they can damage your teeth.
3. Some holiday foods are highly recommended.
On a positive note, traditional holiday foods like turkey, ham, nuts, and cheese are great for your teeth. Turkey and ham are rich in protein and phosphorus, which can help rebuild enamel. Nuts stimulate saliva production, adding to the natural cleaning of your mouth, and cheese is excellent for balancing pH levels, reducing the risk of decay.
4. Stay hydrated.
Drinking water is essential, especially during the holidays when you might consume more sugar and alcohol. Drinking water helps rinse away food particles and bacteria and combats dry mouth.
5. Be careful with alcoholic beverages.
Many holiday drinks are acidic and can weaken tooth enamel. Drink with a straw to minimise contact with your teeth and alternate with water to maintain hydration and oral health. You should note that non-biodegradable plastic straws aren’t good for the planet, so try to invest in a metal or bamboo straw.
6. Your teeth are not tools.
Resist using your teeth to crack nuts or open packages, which can lead to dental emergencies. Use appropriate tools to avoid damage.
7. Schedule a post-holiday check-up.
Enjoy the festive season without neglecting your oral health. You can maintain a healthy smile with these tips, including enjoying tooth-friendly foods like chicken, gammon, nuts, and cheese.