Christmas is almost here and that means not only the festivities of the big day itself but also the endless rounds of Christmas get togethers, the office party and all of those delicious seasonal treats that we all love to indulge in; after all, the diet can wait until January!
As delicious as all of these sweet treats and indulgent alcoholic drinks that we consume over the festive period are, the continued consumption of snacks and drinks with a high sugar content can significantly impact the health of your teeth.
Don’t panic though! This doesn’t mean that you need to miss out on these seasonal favourites completely. There are, however, a few things that you should do to in order to help look after your teeth during the festive season.
Teeth are for Chewing
Whilst it can be really tempting to just rip Sellotape with your teeth when wrapping presents – especially if you are in a hurry of have misplaced the scissors – don’t. Your teeth are not tools, so you should really only be using them for their intended purpose and that is chewing your food. Using them for other things can result in a chip or a crack to your tooth, often along the edge which may require a trip to the dentist in Stockport. Whatever you do, definitely do not use your teeth to open a bottle, the risk simply isn’t worth it.
Snack in Moderation
All those Christmas snacks, both at home and in the office can be really tempting, but chocolates, mince pies and all the other festive goodies are usually packed full of sugar which is not great news for your teeth. Try to keep your snacking to a minimum and avoid grazing as this is especially bad for your teeth. The sugars in these types of foods will stick to the surface of your teeth, creating plenty of food for bacteria to consume and multiply.
We all love a tipple at Christmas. In fact, for many people, it’s the one time in the year when they really indulge, especially in all those festive drinks which can have a high sugar content. If you like a glass or two of prosecco over the festive period (and who doesn’t) then remember the drink is not only high in sugar but also contains high levels of acid as well, neither of which are good for your teeth. It doesn’t mean you should avoid alcohol altogether over Christmas – just be aware of the sugar and acid levels.
Good Oral Hygiene Routine
It goes without saying that getting into a good oral hygiene routine is the best way to look after your teeth all year long, but this can be especially important at Christmas with all those extra goodies around. On those late nights it is just as important, if not more so, to remember to brush your teeth properly and remove all trace of snacks and alcohol to help keep your teeth in tip top condition.
See a Dentist
If you do damage your teeth over the festive period, make sure that you see your dentist as soon as possible to minimise any damage that you might have done. Whether you are at home and see a dentist in Stockport or have gone to visit relatives and need to seek emergency dental treatment further away don’t put it off; as it could end up costing you more in the long run if you wait until the festive period to get a problem sorted.