Healthy teeth may not be your main concern during the holiday season, but having a dental emergency can ruin the fun.
Most of us will also be over-indulging in Christmas treats. All these leads to increased sugar and acid exposure for our teeth.
So, at the start of this holiday season, your Warner dentist shares a few tips to keep your teeth healthy during Christmas.
Eat your treats in just one sitting
Eat your chocolates in just one sitting or as part of a meal, rather than munching on them throughout the day.
Eating sweets like chocolates and candies over long periods is worse than eating them all at once.
Scissors are your tool of choice
We’ve all been there. It’s almost Christmas, and you’re still wrapping gifts up to the last minute. You’re hurriedly holding the roll of paper in one hand while cutting off strips of tape with your teeth.
STOP! Use a pair of scissors to cut tape instead.
Watch for Christmas toffee and candy canes
Toffees and candy canes are accidents waiting to happen on tooth restorations such as fillings, crowns, bridges, or veneers.
Try eating chocolates that leave the mouth right away to reduce any damage.
Counter acidic drinks by drinking lots of water
The acids, sugar and alcohol levels in acidic drinks can damage your teeth if regularly consumed.
This also applies to drinking soft drinks and even juice. Don’t think that because your soft drink is sugar-free, it is already safe for your teeth.
These drinks are often high in acids and can cause as much, if not more damage, to the teeth enamel.
Enjoy drinks in moderation, and make sure you limit the damaging effects on your teeth enamel by drinking plenty of water in between glasses.
Adding ice to your drinks lessens the risk of damaging your teeth as it doesn’t only dissolve your drink but also reduce the amount of acid in the mouth.
BUT remember that chewing on ice can damage the tooth enamel and break teeth, especially if you have dental restorations and sensitive teeth. The cold can also worsen dental pain.
BRUSH BRUSH BRUSH
Christmas holiday is a busy time for everyone, but brushing your teeth regularly should not be skipped.
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes each time can help. Brush your teeth as soon as you wake up before doing anything else.
After Christmas, book a check-up and clean with Warner Lakes Dental so that you can start the year with a healthy smile.
The Dental Care Experience in Warner
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our team at Warner Lakes Dental!
Warner Lakes Dental makes your visit the quickest and most convenient dental experience possible.
From routine check-ups and cleans to root canals, tooth extractions, and cosmetic treatments, Warner Lakes Dental is your partner in dental health.
We want you and your family to enjoy life with a stunning smile and a healthy mouth, teeth, and gums!
We are located at Warner Lakes Medical Precinct, 1185B Old North Road in Warner.