With Christmas getting close, everyone is ready and geared up for the Holidays. Pies, selection boxes and never-ending sweets will definitely make their way in to our festive diets. It’s a great time of year, but spare a thought for your teeth. Constant snacking and drinking sugary foods and beverages can make the Holiday period miserable for your teeth.
Some traditional Christmas foods like cranberries, the perfect pair with your turkey, are scientifically proven to be beneficial to your overall health. In fact, they have been proven to help prevent both gum disease and tooth decay. However, moderation is necessary as cranberries are acidic and shouldn’t be eaten too often.
That means it is important to be extra aware of your overall health this holiday season. Remember, teeth are under attack for up to one hour after eating or drinking, and if you think about how much is consumed and how often, your teeth don’t really get the chance to recover.
So please forgive this Grinch-y post, but make sure your teeth don’t suffer the festive blues. Here are some ways to look after them in the upcoming weeks.
1. Beware of pies, Christmas cake and pudding
Mince pies, Christmas cake and Christmas pudding may satisfy millions of people after a traditional Christmas dinner, but one thing they do not satisfy is your teeth. They are all laden with dried fruit, which is high in sugar. These kinds of foods stick to teeth and can cause the most damage, particularly if we’re gorging on them throughout Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
2. Say cheese!
Cheese is great for teeth. It helps to return the mouth to its natural acid balance and help reduce the chances of developing tooth decay. That’s why cheeseboards after the main meal are a great idea. Even a little piece of cheese can have the same effect.
3. Use the bottle opener
We can all confess to opening a beverage bottle with your teeth at some point in our lives. Please remember that you’re teeth aren’t tools!
Moderation is definitely the most important thing to remember. In order to ensure you fully enjoy this time of year without having to compromise on what you eat and drink, bear in mind it is not how much sugary food and drink you have, it is how often you have them that causes a perilous situation for oral health. It’s ok to say no to that extra sweet as the tin comes round, or have a glass of milk instead of one last glass of fizz
5. Don’t ditch the routine
The worst thing you can do is wrap up your oral hygiene routine on Christmas Eve for a few days. Christmas morning might be an exciting time for children, but if you’re a parent make them wait a little longer – it’s only two minutes after all!
Robinson and Ries Orthodontics hopes you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! We hope you remember a few of these tips in the midst of the Holiday celebrations.