Keep a healthy smile over Christmas with this important guide from your local Maidstone dentist.
Christmas is such an exciting time of the year, when every family relaxes and enjoys the festivities.
From parties to pantomimes, chocolate caramel barrels to Christmas carols, there’s so much to enjoy during the holidays.
Through all the smiles and memory making though, the Christmas period can be quite risky for your smile. All the sugary drinks, the alcohol, starchy carbs and chocolate, amongst other risk factors, can mean your oral health takes a hit throughout December and January.
This could simply mean you struggle with sensitive teeth temporarily or being on the back foot with your oral hygiene. But it could trigger painful issues that leave you having to get emergency treatment over Christmas. You could also exacerbate problems that were previously being managed well, such as gum disease.
In order to help get through to New Year with a healthy, pain-free smile that looks great, your Maidstone dentist has created an essential guide for you to take a look at:
Make Good Choices When You Can
Obviously there are lots of things you can avoid on the buffet or in the office (we’ll get to that in a minute…) but there are lots of great things that you can have that are good for your teeth. Cheese, for example, is a great source of calcium. Crudites like peppers are a great source of vitamin C and paired with humous you get a great protein hit too. Stews, chillis and other one pot meals are also great for providing nutrients for your mouth and body, especially if they contain lots of vegetables. In general, anything naturally colourful on the buffet is a great idea. In terms of drinks, following food with water and drinking water in between alcoholic drinks, will also help your oral health. Sugar-free chewing gum is also a good thing to have after eating, to stimulate saliva and help clear your mouth of tartar-forming debris.
Avoid Using Your Teeth As Tools