Whether it’s a cheeky mince pie, digging into the Quality Street tin or drinking a warming mulled wine; all of the food and drink we consume over the Christmas period not only stretches our waistlines- it affects our teeth and gums too!
During December due to the family gatherings, Christmas parties and generally getting into the spirit of things, we hugely increase our intake of sugar through alcohol and sweets; so now more than ever, it’s very important to keep up a good oral hygiene routine.
However, it’s not just about how much sugar we consume over Christmas, rather, it’s how long it stays in our mouths.
The frequency of eating sugary foods over Christmas means that you don’t have a chance to produce enough saliva to neutralise the mouth and reduce the impact these sugars have on our teeth.
Therefore, it’s recommended to try and restrict eating sweets and other sugary foods and drinks to mealtimes only. This is because, during meal times we produce more saliva, which helps to neutralise the mouth, reducing bacteria. It also helps to rinse away food particles, lowering the negative effects of sugar attacking the teeth.
A good piece of advice is to try and brush teeth three times per day over Christmas, in addition to flossing, to help brush away any bacteria. You should brush for two minutes every time- try humming ‘I wish you a Merry Christmas’ while you’re brushing- not only is it fun and festive, you’ll make sure you’ve brushed for long enough too!
Sugar free chewing gum also helps, as it helps to produce more saliva in your mouth, which again, will wash away any harmful bacteria caused by these ‘naughty’ festive foods.
Why not book a hygiene appointment for early in the New Year so that your mouth feels fresh and clean into 2016!
The team at Devonshire Dental Care wish all of our patients a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year.