We are on the count down for Christmas……..
And it’s not just our waistlines that could be suffering the effects of festive over indulgence. What with all the sugary food, alcoholic drinks and late nights, our oral health is likely to take a hit, too – but there are some simple steps you can take to keep damage to a minimum.
Here are 5 top tips to helps you maintain healthy teeth and gums throughout the party season…
- Be mindful of the Prosecco and Fizzy drinks
If you love a bit of bubbly, it could be bad news for your teeth
The more acidic the drink, the worse it will be for your teeth. That, coupled with the high sugar content in alcoholic drinks can be disastrous to your teeth. Where possible, adding ice to your drinks reduces the risk of damage to your teeth as not only does it dilute your drink, it reduces the amount of acid because it's colder. Drinking through a straw also helps.
Because of the acidic nature of prosecco, brushing soon after drinking could make things worse. Instead, wait a little while until after you've had your last drink before brushing your teeth. Also, were possible always opt for sugar fizzy drinks, with the double bonus, lower in calories and better for your teeth
- Keep grazing to a minimum
A mince pie here, some chocolate there… It's easy to let your meals spread out into day-long feeds at this time of year, but keeping grazing to a minimum will give your teeth time to recover between meals.
It is not the amount, but the frequency of sugar in your diet that cause tooth decay. Spreading your sugary treats throughout the day might seem sensible, but is worse for your teeth as you are exposing them to a 'sugar attack' multiple times.
3:Stick to a routine
Late-night parties, the morning after feeling and weekends away can really disrupt your oral health routine (because, let's face it, mouthwash and flossing is the last thing on your mind after a big night out). But, as with most things, maintaining a routine is important.
Be sure you are disciplined with your cleaning regime. Brush twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste and don't forget to floss! Wait at least 20 minutes after your last snack or glass of wine before brushing your teeth. Our mouths need this time to recover as they get more acidic whilst eating and drinking.
- Chew sugar-free gum
Not only will chewing gum keep your breath smelling fresh and stop you reaching for the sugary snacks, but it could also help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Chewing gum stimulates saliva which helps to reduce the acidity in your mouth and clear debris between your teeth. As a bonus, it also speeds up your metabolism which helps digestion.
- Finish up with some cheese
Cheese is one of the few festive indulgences that is actually good for your teeth – a good excuse to treat yourself to a nibble at the end of your evening meal.
Cheese is great at reducing the acid levels in your mouth after eating, helping protect your teeth. And it tastes great too! Aside from this, try to avoid overeating including foods that you normally wouldn't eat. Especially harder foods such as toffees or pork scratching. Each year, we see many patients that have broken their teeth whilst eating all sorts of unusual foods over the festive season
Finally, don’t forget along with that super outfit, you might like to book an additional hygiene appointment getting the pearly whites ready for the festive season …………………..
We look forward to seeing you all soon.
Kind regards The Team At Ernevale House