Christmas is the most wonderful time of year for many of us, but it can be a particularly difficult time for your teeth and gums. If you’re keen to keep your smile in check this festive period, here are 5 things to bear in mind:
- Brushing: late nights and parties may mess up your daily routine, but don’t let this affect your oral hygiene regime. It may be tempting to fall into bed after a night on the tiles, but don’t neglect your teeth. Brushing is incredibly important, as it helps to prevent the formation of plaque. Plaque is the main risk factor for decay and gum disease.
- Dental checks: if you haven’t been to the dentist for a long time, there’s no better time to call and make an appointment. Regular dental checks are important because they enable your dentist to identify any potential warning signs. If there are developing issues, they can be addressed before they cause major problems.
- Drinking: it’s party season, and while many of us are aware that drinking too much can give us a headache, you may not necessarily be aware of the dental dangers. Many alcoholic drinks are laden with sugar and they’re also acidic. Drinking too much won’t just give you a hangover. It could also increase your risk of developing cavities and sensitivity.
- Snacking: many of us are guilty of grazing during the Christmas festivities. We all know that sugar is bad for your teeth, but it’s not just about how much sugar you consume. When you eat is also really important. If you graze all the time, this means that your teeth are under constant attack, as bacteria produce acids, which weaken the enamel when you eat. Try and stick to main meals if you can.
- Flossing: brushing is essential for healthy teeth and gums, but you can’t clean the entire mouth with a toothbrush. Flossing enables you to clean between the teeth, reducing the risk of oral diseases and giving your smile a healthy glow.