6 top Christmas tips- the good and bad
With the festive season upon us, we may find ourselves invited to more functions and family get togethers. We look forward to the work Christmas party and we relish the window of opportunity to indulge more over the Christmas period then we have throughout the rest of the year.
There’s nothing quite like the party season, but with the temptation of delicious food and drinks, along with late nights and post party hangovers, it can play havoc on our teeth. We can often see good oral health routines go out the window.
Maintain a healthy white smile over the Christmas period with these tips:
1) Watch out for the mince pies. It may surprise you to hear that Christmas pudding is one of the worst things for your teeth this time of year. The sticky, fruity goodness may taste like Christmas with every bite, but it sticks to your teeth and lingers in the hard to reach places, putting your teeth at risk of tooth decay. With the amount of mince pies and Christmas pud I get through over Christmas, flossing is more important than ever over the holidays.
2) Avoid frequent red wine. Darker red wines like Merlot and Malbec are worse for tooth stain then lighter grape wines like Pinot Noir. White wine is also an alternative, or alternate red wine with a good swill of water after.
3) Frequent sugar intake is the culprit behind tooth decay. Keep this in mind when you are grazing at the buffet this Christmas. A good sugar free Christmas snack could be crackers and cheese. Cheese may not be great for the waistline (then again, what is at Christmas?), but it’s certainly better for your teeth then sugar.
4) Beware of hidden sugars. You know it’s nearly Christmas when Costa and Starbucks start to release their festive ranges as soon as Halloween is over. It gives us plenty of time to relish in their festive favourites, like gingerbread lattes and eggnog lattes. But even if you don’t add sugar, they are laden with syrups that increase your risk of decay. A large eggnog latte can have up to 52g of sugar- gulp! Make the switch to sugar free syrups when they take your order and don’t indulge too often. Remember from tip 3, daily frequency is the culprit. So don’t forget about those hidden sugars. even if you don’t add it, it doesn’t mean it isn’t there!
5) Fizzy and carbonated drinks are acidic on the teeth, as well as acidic drinks such as wine. To avoid damage, sip fizzy and carbonated drinks through a straw and avoid frequency. Use Oral B Gum&Enamel Repair to prevent damage to your enamel from erosion.
6) Dont let a late night stop you brushing. Your evening clean before climbing into bed is the most important brush of the day. No matter what early hour of the morning you get home, brush before bed. Flossing might be a tall order, but if you could stretch to that then you are performing best practice.