Feet up for your teeth this Christmas? Likely not with all that hard work to look this good!
With Christmas just around the corner, everyone is ready and geared up for the fun and festivities to get underway. Mince pies, champagne, selection boxes and umpteen bags of sweets will no doubt make their way into our festive diets over the next couple of months and why not, its fun! But what about our teeth and having been so good and looking so fab right now are we just going to give that all away again?
Well, here’s a couple of tips to balance out the fun and still look wonderful. Constant snacking, drinking and eating of sugary foods and drinks over Christmas can make the holiday period a miserable time for teeth. Because we tend to condense our fun in forms of weekends or even parties and more parties, not to mention dinner and boxing day it means the onslaught is relentless so taking a little break can give your teeth a bit of a break to recover too. Moderation did someone say!
However Christmas foods like Cranberries, the perfect accompaniment for your Turkey, are scientifically proven to be beneficial to overall health, and scientists have also shown they may have the capacity to help prevent both gum disease and tooth decay. However, moderation is important as cranberries are acidic and it is a good idea not to have them too often but there’s a plus right there!
So what should we watch out for so we can enjoy what we like maybe just a wee bit more!
1.Beware of the mince 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 and sticky, sticky! Stuck on your teeth and not good. Pass or not every day, its bad for your teeth! Pick and choose healthier snacks and treats when you see them and pass on the odd sticky favourite.
2.Don’t ditch the routine
Keep brushing and keep flossing as normal! No holiday time for your teeth so keep looking after them and you will keep up the resolve!
Cheese, yes 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 and a little bit of wine to go with it? Go on…
The name of the game but keep cosntant with your oral hygiene and you’ll have no worries this season. We nearly said Yule there! Moderation 🙂