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Keep your teeth healthy this Christmas

Christmas is quickly approaching, and for many, that means festive parties and family gatherings with plenty of indulgent treats and rich food. Everyone deserves a treat now and then, and tasty snacks are fine if consumed in moderation. While many people are concerned about gaining weight during the holiday season, we urge you to keep your teeth in mind as well. Excessive sugar consumption can increase your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Here are some things you can do to protect your oral health this holiday season. 

Everything in moderation

Christmas is a time for delicious treats and decadent food. Remember to enjoy everything in moderation for your overall and dental health. Be mindful of the sugar content of not only foods but also beverages. Many popular alcoholic beverages contain a high amount of sugar, which can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Too much alcohol also raises your chances of developing mouth cancer. 

Fruit juice and fizzy drinks such as cola or lemonade also have a high sugar content, and should only be drunk at mealtimes. Drinking a glass of water in between alcoholic drinks will not only be better for your teeth, but will help prevent a hangover.

Drinking water throughout the day helps to rinse food particles and bacteria from your mouth and reduce the risk of tooth decay. Choosing water rather than soft drinks or fruit juice over the festive period will help to lower your overall sugar intake. 

Include healthy snacks and treats in your buffet

If you are organising a buffet-style meal for a Christmas party, be sure to include some healthy options, including home-made dips, fresh vegetables, low-fat cheese, nuts and seeds.

Brush your teeth after every meal

The longer sugar stays on your teeth, the more damage it does. Keep a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste in your office desk so you can brush your teeth after every meal – you should brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day. 

Regular Check and Cleans

We highly recommend coming in to see us every six months for a check and clean so that we can remove any plaque that has built up on your teeth, particularly in hard to reach areas.

If you feel like treating yourself this Christmas, why not talk to us about teeth whitening treatment, which can remove stains built up by tea, coffee, wine and smoking? It’s the perfect way to boost your smile in time for the festive party season.