Christmas is around the corner.
This season is when family gatherings, savouring food, and gift-giving start to fill up our calendars.
Eating your favorite Christmas food and festive drinks with your friends and family year is one of the greatest highlights every end of the year.
That is why some of you might not prioritize your oral health this season.
During Christmas, you can still enjoy this memorable holiday while making sure that you are maintaining your oral health.
So here are a few dental tips that can help you take care of your teeth and save time and money for next year.
1. Maintain Your Oral Health Routine
With all the fun and tiring parties this season, always brush and floss your teeth before you go to bed.
It might be tempting not to do our dental routine after a long festive evening.
However, we encourage you to brush and floss to protect your teeth from the sugar your teeth will receive from eating Christmas treats.
Christmas morning is also exciting for your children. However, you have to ensure that they brush their teeth properly.
2. Practice the Gift of Giving
Christmas is a perfect time for giving.
So this is an opportunity to buy a new electric toothbrush for yourself or a loved one.
Have a fresh start to the year with a new set of toothbrushes for a brighter smile.
Buy yourself and your loved one a new toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash this season.
After all, maintaining oral care is one of the best forms of self-care for others.
3. Moderate Your Sugar Intake
Christmas cake, pudding, and pies, you name it.
There are a lot of sweet festive treats and desserts to eat this Christmas.
Even though we know they taste great, these types of food have high in sugar.
You do not have to completely disregard yourself for eating this type of food.
Minimizing the frequency of snacking and drinking this sugary food throughout the day can also help reduce the risk of cavity buildup.
4. Go for Cheeseboard, Nuts And Turkey
Eating a cheesecake dessert or preparing a cheeseboard for you and your family is a healthier choice since cheese is good for your teeth.
Cheese also helps return the natural acid balance from your mouth, reducing the risk of developing tooth decay.
Turkey contains phosphorus and protein, which are great options to strengthen your tooth and fight decay.
Chewing some nuts during this season is a good alternative for a snack as these compose of folic acid, calcium, fibre, and other vitamins.
5. Observe Your Alcohol Intake
Who does not enjoy a glass of wine or two this Christmas?
However, you have to take it easy since White wine can be very acidic and could increase the risk of enamel erosion. Red wine can contribute to teeth staining.
To ensure a white smile up until New Year, We recommend just drinking red or white wine as part of your main evening meal.
Also, do not let the festivities distract you from brushing following your alcoholic drinks.
To prevent teeth stains from red wine, brush your teeth after drinking.
6.Use A Straw
Using a straw when drinking can help reduce the contact of sugar with teeth and minimize any potential decay.
You can also use a reusable straw to carry throughout the event.
7. Bring Your Floss
The worst thing that could happen is that food gets stuck in your teeth in front of your family members.
That is why bringing your floss could be a lifesaver during Christmas when this sticky situation occurs.
A floss is portable and convenient to use. So carrying your floss can be a lifesaver on Christmas day when this situation inevitably occurs.
8. Sugar-Free Gum Is a must-have
Sugar-free gum is a healthier option for your teeth and convenient if you want to keep your breath fresh during parties and family gatherings.
Plus, chewing a piece of gum stimulates your saliva, helping to get rid of plaque from your teeth after eating.
9. Drink your water regularly
Make a habit of drinking water intermittently.
Drinking water can reduce the sugar left in your mouth and dilutes the acid produced by bacteria leading to less plaque buildup.
10. Your Teeth Is Not A Bottle Opener
The last thing you want to have on Christmas day is a chipped tooth.
So, you refrain from converting your teeth into a bottle opener for bears or a scissor to tear your Christmas gift.
Remember, your teeth are not a replacement for a bottle opener, so please avoid doing this party trick!
11. Start your New Year Right
Lastly, we suggest you start your new year by visiting your dentist.
If you have not seen your dentist or hygienist for a long time, now is the time to make a New year’s resolution to book a dental appointment.
Tooth for Thought
With all the food temptations available during Christmas, it is easy to neglect your dental health during this season.
We hope these dental tips help you to have a dental-free problem in the new year.
For questions or if you want to book your dental appointment, contact us today.
We wish you a very bright Christmas! May you face your New Year with a smile!