Five tips to protect your teeth this Christmas

It’s almost Christmas again! That means it’s time to get the tree down from the loft, put up the decorations, and start planning the presents to buy for your family (even though you know you should have started already!)

Amidst all the fun and preparations of Christmas however, it’s easy to neglect your teeth. As dentists, it’s our job to encourage you to look after your teeth, even during the festive season.

So in this month’s blog post, we’ll give you a few tips on how to look after your teeth during Christmas.

1. Remember to brush your teeth twice a day

One of the most important ways to keep your teeth healthy is to brush them twice a day. This includes during the Christmas period. We understand that it’s easy for routines to go a bit wobbly during the Christmas break, what with all the excitement, stress and novelty. But it’s still important to keep brushing your teeth twice a day. In fact, it’s even more important to brush your teeth during Christmas, because it’s around this time that people tend to eat a lot of sugar. We’ll get around to talking about sugar in the next bit.

2. Eat sweet foods in moderation

One of the best things about Christmas is all the food. The chocolates, the mince pies, the turkey… However, a lot of this food is going to be bad for your teeth. If it’s high in sugar, then it could contribute to cavities and tooth decay. The best thing you can do at this time of year is to practice moderation. We’re not saying to lay off sugar entirely – we don’t want to be like the Grinch who ruins Christmas – we’re just saying to watch what you eat. So if someone offers you a second mince pie or a box of sweets, don’t be afraid to decline.

3. Buy sugar-free foods

If you’re concerned about sugar this Christmas, why not try sugar-free alternatives of favourite Christmas classics? Supermarkets often sell sugar-free mince pies, pudding, cake, chocolate and so on. What’s more, it tastes as good as the real thing, too.

4. Use a bottle opener, not your teeth

Please don’t use your teeth to open bottles this Christmas. Doing this can cause your teeth to chip or even break. It might sound like common sense, but you’d be surprised at how many patients we get who have broken their teeth trying to open a bottle. It’s not something you want to come into a dentist for, especially when it’s Christmas.

5. Don’t skip dentist appointments

Sometimes you might have a dentist appointment around Christmas time. It might be tempting to skip the appointment because you’d rather be at home relaxing instead, or perhaps because you’ve got Christmas shopping to do. But please do come in to see us if you have an appointment, as regular dental visits are one of the key ways to maintain healthy teeth.

From all of us here, we wish you and your family a Merry Christmas. We’ll see you next year!