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Christmas is fast approaching and there’s all sorts of festive treats and frivolities to look forward to. That being said, Christmas can often be the time of year you not only take a break from work but you’re oral hygiene too. Read our top Christmas oral health tips and ensure you keep your smile healthy and happy all through the festive period.
Christmas is a busy time of year for your social calendar and all those parties and late nights can lead to you becoming relaxed when it comes to brushing your teeth. Although it can be tempting to ditch your oral health routine on the occasional evening doing so even once or twice can have an adverse affect on your teeth, especially if you have consumed a significant amount of sugar or alcohol. So be sure to brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day, or you could end up on the naughty list.
Not only is it important for you to brush your teeth regualary but all the extra food and alcohol you’re consuming means it’s even more important for you to floss in between your teeth, as your toothbrush can’t reach between your teeth. The longer you leave these areas of your teeth unclean the harder the plaque will be to remove and can lead to oral health problems further down the line. Regular flossing can also help reduce bad breath by removing plaque that forms along the gum line, which is great news if you’re planning on hanging around the mistletoe.
If you’re struggling for ideas on your Christmas wish list then why not ask Santa for a new electric toothbrush. The ADA recommends that you replace your toothbrush every 3 – 4 months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. With an electric toothbrush you can simply change the brush head, guaranteeing a fresh and healthy smile every time. While regular toothbrushes can be just as effective at removing plaque, an electric toothbrush often has more variety in movements and direction. They’re also great for those with dexterity problems, such as the elderly or people with disabilities.
While mince pies, mulled wine, christmas cake and chocolate all taste amazing, they’re also full of sugar. You don’t have to completely compromise on what you eat and drink but moderation is certainly key. It’s not about how much sugar you consume but how often. Regularly exposing your teeth to harmful sugar increases your risk of plaque. Try limiting your sugar intake to meal times as you will naturally produce more saliva and this will help rinse away food particles and sugary substances. You can also help reduce how much contact sugar has with your teeth by drinking plenty of water and using a straw for sugary and acidic drinks.
By this we mean that your teeth are not tools. Don’t use your teeth for things they aren’t designed for, such as biting celetope when wrapping gifts or using your teeth to open tough packaging. The last thing you want over your festive break is a dental emergency and using your teeth in this was is an accident waiting to happen.
While we hope you all have a very Merry Christmas, we don’t want you to forget about your oral health. So if you’re overdue a check up give us a call on 01709 917 666.
If a dental emergency does arise then you can rest assured that we will go out of our way to accommodate you. For more information about emergency dental appointments click here.