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How to avoid a Dental Nightmare Before Christmas

It only seems like yesterday that we were basking in the sunshine and revelling in unexpected football-related joy, but Christmas is creeping up at a rate of knots. In just a few weeks, many of us will be looking forward to taking time off and spending it with loved ones. Christmas is the most wonderful time of year, but what happens if dental nightmares spoil your plans? The last thing anybody wants is to be nursing toothache or painful gums instead of enjoying a festive feast. If you’re keen to keep your smile in check this winter, here are some tips:

Brushing and flossing

Good oral hygiene is the best weapon against unwanted dental issues, so make sure you set aside 2 minutes every morning and evening to brush and a few minutes to floss each day. Brushing and flossing remove bacteria and bits of food, which helps to prevent the formation of plaque. Plaque is the most common cause of gum disease and decay. A good daily oral hygiene routine will also help to prevent bad breath and keep your smile sparkling.

Book a dental check

If you haven’t been to the dentist in the last 6-9 months, now is the perfect time to call and book an appointment. Dental checks take a few minutes, they’re completely painless, and a trip to the dentist could enable you to enjoy Christmas without any worries about troublesome teeth.

Watch what you eat

Christmas is a time of indulgence. While it’s brilliant to stuff yourself with festive treats, spare a thought for your poor teeth. Nobody is saying that you can’t enjoy yourself at Christmas, but try and limit the damage to your smile by avoiding fizzy drinks, sticking to main meals, rather than grazing, and keeping an eye on how much sugar you consume.

If you need any more festive dental advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

What foods you can eat to protect your teeth

You often hear dentists telling you what you should try and avoid eating, but there are lots of foods that are actually good for your teeth. If you’re making changes to your diet and you’re looking for tooth-friendly options to include, here are some of the best foods for your oral health:

Dairy products

Dairy products are great for your oral health because they contain calcium. Calcium is a mineral, which is essential for building and maintaining strong, healthy bones, teeth and nails. Dairy products are also beneficial because they have a high pH value. This means that they can help to neutralise acids in the mouth and reduce the risk of enamel erosion. Good examples include milk, cheese and yoghurts.

Leafy green vegetables

Leafy green vegetables are high in fibre, which is good for digestive health, but they are also an excellent source of calcium. Next time you’re at the supermarket or you’re doing your online shop, add kale, broccoli, cabbage and bok choi to your basket.

Carrots

Carrots are good for your teeth because they contain fibre, they have high water content and chewing on carrots increases saliva production, which neutralises acids in the mouth. Raw carrots are a great snack option and a much healthier alternative to crisps, biscuits or sweets.

Strawberries

Strawberries have numerous benefits for the teeth. They contain vitamin C, which is important for general immunity, and their rough coating is also a natural cleaning tool, which can remove surface stains. Add strawberries to a bowl of porridge for a healthy, hearty breakfast or scatter some berries over natural yoghurt for a tasty, tooth-friendly dessert.

You Are What You Eat: What to Eat to Keep a Perfect Smile

Your diet plays a very important role when it comes to maintaining a perfect smile. Some foods are really good for your teeth, but others can spell disaster. Here are some tooth-friendly diet tips to help you keep your smile in shape for many years to come.

What to Eat

Your teeth are very strong, but they aren’t invincible. Try and ensure you get enough calcium every day to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Calcium is also good for your nails and bones. Foods that are good sources of calcium include milk, yoghurts, leafy green vegetables, nuts and cheese. Fruit and vegetables are important for your general health, but they also offer benefits for your teeth and gums. Fruits that are rich in vitamin C are excellent for helping you ward off infections, and strawberries also have a rough skin, which acts as a natural stain remover. Chewing on raw carrots, celery and apples helps to stimulate saliva production, which neutralises harmful acids in your mouth.

What Not to Eat

Unfortunately, many of our favourite treats are harmful for our oral health. Cakes, biscuits, sweets, chocolate, fizzy drinks and popcorn all have high sugar content, which increases the risk of tooth decay. Shop-bought smoothies and juices may look like a healthy option, but always check the sugar content. Often, they contain as much sugar as fizzy pop, and they are also acidic, which exposes the enamel to a risk of erosion. Try and avoid very hard foods, such as boiled sweets, as they can crack the teeth. Starchy foods, like crisps, can also be harmful, as they get stuck in the teeth, and the starch is broken down into sugars.

As well as thinking about what you eat, it’s also important to think about when you eat. This is because when you eat, the bacteria in your mouth release acids, which temporarily weaken the enamel, and it takes time for it recover. Try and stick to main meals rather than grazing throughout the day, and if you do fancy a snack, choose something sugar-free.

If you need advice about healthy eating, our dental team will be happy to help.

Four Healthy Foods For Healthier Teeth

We all know that treats like sweets and biscuits are bad news for our teeth, but what about foods that are good for our dental health? If you’re keen to make some tooth-friendly changes to your diet, here are four fabulous foods to add to your diet:

  1. Cheese: cheese is not just a great source of protein. It’s also rich in calcium, which is essential for healthy teeth and bones, and it has a high pH value. This means that when you eat cheese, it can help to neutralise acids in your mouth and reduce the risk of enamel wear. It’s particularly beneficial to eat cheese with acidic foods or drinks, such as wine. Other dairy products, including milk and yoghurt, are also really good for your teeth.
  2. Strawberries: strawberries are packed with vitamins and antioxidants, which are good for your gums, but they also have a rough skin, which acts as a natural whitener. The bobbled surfaces remove surface stains, so you should find that your teeth look whiter and brighter.
  3. Almonds: almonds are an excellent option if you fancy a snack that is low in sugar and high in protein and calcium. If you are grazing on nuts, avoid salted or sugar-covered options.
  4. Celery: celery has very high water content, and the action of chewing acts as a natural tooth cleaner. After you’ve eaten celery, you should find that your teeth look and feel really clean. This is also a great low-fat snack option.

If you’re after more healthy eating tips, our dental team at Advance Dental Clinic will be more happy to help.