Most of us indulge in alcohol and sweet treats throughout the festive season. This is not only damaging for your waistline, it can impact on your oral health. Here’s how to keep your teeth and gums healthy through party season.
Moderate your prosecco intake
You can’t have a celebration without prosecco, but try to drink it in moderation. Reason being it’s acidic and sugary so it can damage tooth enamel and cause decay. If you don’t want to miss out on the fizz, add ice to dilute the drink or drink it through a straw.
Try not to graze
From the office to family and friends’ homes, there are always snacks to be had at Christmas. But grazing all day on mince pies and sweet treats exposes your teeth to a lot of sugar which adheres to the teeth and causes decay.
Stick to your oral health routine
If you’re falling into bed in the early hours after a night of partying, making the effort to brush and floss your teeth might be the last thing you want to do. But try and stick to your routine. Brush twice per day, floss, and use a mouthwash. And if you are going to be eating out with no way to clean your teeth, take some sugar-free gum with you. Sugar-free gum helps your mouth produce protective saliva that keeps bacteria at bay.
Say yes to cheese
If you are a lover of a cheeseboard at Christmas, there’s a reason to celebrate. Cheese is actually really good for your teeth. Eating cheese after a meal can reduce acid levels in your mouth after eating and protects your teeth.
Be careful about what you eat
Sticky toffees, nuts, hard foods like pork scratchings, these can all cause chipped or broken teeth. Take care when eating these foods, and when in doubt, reach for the cheese instead!
Follow these tips and you’ll be heading into 2024 with a brighter and healthier smile.
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