At this time of the year it’s easy to get caught up in all the festivities and forget about the impact all the sugar, alcohol and food are impacting our bodies. From counting down the days with your advent calendar to enjoying a mince pie with your mulled wine, it all adds up.
We too will be enjoying Christmas this year and don’t want you to sacrifice anything on the big day, which is why we’ve compiled our best oral health advice so you can start the new year off right with a healthy smile.
Timing is Key
We all love a sweet treat at Christmas, whether it’s a slice of yule log or Christmas pudding, just remember that when you eat these treats matters. Try to limit how frequently you are enjoying your sweet treats throughout the day and aim to eat them straight after your main meal so your teeth aren’t being constantly coated with sugar all day long.
Don’t Forget The Basics
After a busy day of celebrating and sharing the day with loved ones, it can be tempting to head to bed without brushing your teeth, especially as you’re so tired. Brushing your teeth only takes 2 minutes out of your day so resist the urge to skip it and head straight to the bathroom to grab your toothbrush. Going to bed without brushing your teeth, especially on a day like Christmas when you have consumed more food and drink than on an average day, gives bacteria the perfect environment to spread and cause gum problems.
Upgrade Your Toothbrush
If you’re struggling to know what to ask for for Christmas, it’s the perfect time to ask for an electric toothbrush or gift one to a loved one. If you’re prone to brushing too hard or for not long enough, some models some with great features to help improve your overall oral health routine. How long have you had your current toothbrush? If you can’t remember, it’s likely you need a new one!
Teeth Are For Eating
It’s easy to get carried away with wrapping presents and before you know it you’re using your teeth to tear cellotape. Remember that your teeth are for eating and nothing else, so refrain from suing them to open things or crack nuts this season. Many dental emergencies occur over Christmas due to irresponsible behaviour like this, so make sure you have your scissors and nutcracker on hand!
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