21 days until Christmas eve !
Christmas is the time when we notoriously overindulge, binge watch movies until we fall asleep in front of the telly & forget what day of the week it is!
It’s a time to enjoy yourself and relax (once the Christmas shopping is done!) after a stressful year, however it’s also important not to forget about your teeth & health during this time of year, so here are 6 ways to make this Christmas healthier.
- Don’t ditch the routine
Ever get that ‘what day of the week is it?’ feeling during the Christmas break? It’s very common and because of this, usually our daily routine gets thrown out. However, try to stick to a good oral hygiene routine as especially during this time of year, your teeth take a bit of a hammering with the sweets, chocolates, sugary treats and drinks they go through!
- Christmas breakfast
The main event on Christmas Day may be lunch; however having a filling, healthy breakfast will help you to stop reaching for the Quality Street tin at midday.
- Swap the mince pie for a handful of nuts
Just as festive, and they won’t harm your teeth. Mince pies are quite high in sugar because of the dried fruit they are made up with, so instead reach for the nutcracker. Nuts are rich in vitamins and minerals, which help protect your teeth from decay.
- Drink water at the end of the office Christmas party
December is usually a busy month with lots of Christmas parties. A great tip is to make water your last drink of the night, as not only does it help to wash away the acid & plaque from the drinks, but also lessens the hangover!
- Fondue of a Christmas cheese board?!
Good news, cheese is not only rich in calcium, which promotes healthy teeth but also balances out the PH in your mouth after having an acidic drink, like mulled wine.
- Don’t deny yourself treats altogether
Denying yourself the good stuff is never a good idea, so if you can’t resist a chocolate coin or a Christmas tipple or two, chew some sugar-free gum or drink a glass of water to boost protection. Also, try and stick to snacking near meal times, so your teeth are exposed to sugar and acid fewer times in the day.
Don’t forget, we are here over the Christmas period: Opening time for Christmas week to follow.
Plus, don’t forget to add your dental examination and hygiene appointment to your festive tick list:
We look forward to seeing you soon