The festive season is here, and Christmas is just a few days away! This means you’re probably preparing to throw yourself into the many festive traditions and routines with family and friends. Eating and drinking play a huge role in the festive social calendar. Tasty treats and filling food are in abundance around most tables. Although it may be easy to over-indulge this time of year, it’s important to remember that overindulging can affect our oral health. To keep healthy teeth this festive season, we have put together some top tips for maintaining oral health.
Take snacking on sugar off the table
Whether it’s a selection box of chocolates, some candies or a delicious slice of cake, snacking on sugary treats is one of our biggest temptations during this season. However, eating excess amounts of sugar exposes our teeth to acid attacks and can often lead to tooth decay.
The best thing you can do is to keep sugar consumption to mealtimes. This means you can still enjoy your favourite treats while reducing the number of times during the day that your teeth are vulnerable to sugar.
Still feeling peckish? Try low sugar or sugar-free alternatives of your favourite snacks. Cheese and nuts are also great options that won’t harm your teeth.
Swop the alcohol for water
‘Tis the season to be jolly, and classics like red wine are frequently consumed alongside beer, white wine, cider and other alcoholic beverages. The downside is alcohol is packed full of sugar and can be extremely acidic. When consumed in bulk, alcohol can cause erosion of the tooth enamel, leading to pain and sensitivity.
Keep alcohol drinking to a minimum, and opt for water instead. This will ensure that the acids don’t build up on your teeth and stain them.
Maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine
We all have jam-packed diaries filled with shopping in the build-up to the festive season. The holidays are a busy time but this shouldn’t be an excuse to slack off when it comes to our daily oral hygiene routine.
Protect your smile by brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, for two minutes. Cleaning in between teeth with daily flossing is also really important, as it removes the plaque a toothbrush can’t reach.
Take advantage of holidays bargains for healthy teeth
The holidays are a great opportunity to pick up a bargain and treat yourself to something that could really help brighten your smile.
Whether you’re looking to get an electric toothbrush, have an eye on a new air flosser, or you want to change those frayed brush heads, there are plenty of special offers and promotions you can take advantage of.
Healthy teeth are just an appointment away
No matter how much we try, we’re bound to indulge in unhealthy treats during the festive season. Luckily, the team at Smith and Van Lierop offers a thorough dental cleaning so your teeth can get sparkling and bright again in no time. We also apply fluoride treatments during professional cleaning treatments, which help prevent cavities and decay over the festive season. For excessive plaque build-up and staining, we offer Biofilm technology for a super intense clean.