Top 7 Tips for Christmas from Precision Dental
For many, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. But for your teeth, that can be a whole other story.
Follow these dental health tips to keep your smile merry and bright long after the holidays:
Beware of the buffet
It can be tempting to graze all day during the holiday season – delicious food is all around us. Eating all day puts our teeth at more risk of decay as it leaves food for bacteria in our mouth for a long time and eventually leads to pain.
If you find yourself snacking, choose tooth-friendly options, such as raw veggies or cheese.
Don’t brush after bubbly
Sparkling wine is sugary and acidic, which is twice as harmful to your tooth enamel – if you’re enjoying a glass, make sure you wait at least an hour before brushing to minimise the damage. The same thing applies to all acidic foods and beverages.
Keep drinking water
You need lots of energy for the holiday activities, but avoid drinking sodas, sports drinks, and juices with plenty of sugar. Drink water with fluoride to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
Choose dark chocolate over sticky toffee
Banning sweets may be unrealistic during the holidays, but you can minimise the risk to your teeth by avoiding hard candies that may crack teeth or candies and toffees that stick in your mouth for a longer time.
Watch your wine glass
Don’t forget your regular routine
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can upset your schedule, but it’s important to stick to your daily oral health routine no matter how hard it is. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and don’t forget to floss after every meal.
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Choose toys instead of treats
Instead of giving your children a bag filled with sugary treats, swap it for a countdown full of fun family games, jokes, or puzzles.
Carol as you clean
Most people don’t brush for two minutes each time, but if you hum a few verses of your favourite Christmas songs while you clean your teeth, you’ll likely hit the target.
Don’t cut tape with teeth
Teeth are for eating and eating only. Don’t be tempted to crack nuts, tear tape or open tight bottle tops with them. We don’t want any emergencies over the holidays!
Take more turkey
Turkey is one of the healthy festive foods for our teeth – the protein contains phosphorous, which strengthens your teeth and bones. Go ahead, tuck in!
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These 12 tips can help keep your mouth in tip-top shape but be sure to schedule a regular check-up and cleaning as soon as the festivities are over.
After all, there’s no better way to spend the rest of the year than with a healthy, beautiful smile!
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