6 ways to reduce dental problems during Christmas holidays

Over the next few weeks we will be entering into the Christmas/new year celebrations. While we are busy enjoying the holidays what can we do to reduce dental problems from happening?

 

  1. Eat sugary foods and starchy foods in moderation
    If you haven’t already heard, sugar is bad for teeth.  What most people don’t know is carbohydrates break down into sugars. So during this time of the year limit the frequency you eat things such as candy canes and Christmas puddings. Sugar sticks onto your teeth and let bacteria rot your teeth away.
  2. Be mindful of what alcohol you are drinking
    Drink responsibly. When it comes to alcohol there are 3 main things that harm your teeth:
    Acid: wears away the enamel on teeth.
    Sugar: is usually from the mixers that accompany the alcohol
    Dehydration: Alcohol dehydrates your body and reduces your saliva. Saliva plays an important role in neutralizing acid.Drinks to watch out for:  Wines, as they are highly acidic and premixed drinks as they are usually filled with sugar.
  3. Keep hydrated in summer
    The holidays fall in summer so as you enjoy the nice weather outside its easy for you to become dehydrated. Once again this reduces saliva which helps neutralize acids and flush away bacteria. Keep hydrated with water! Be cautious of sport electrolyte drinks as they usually have a high sugar content.
  4. Don’t chew ice blocks
    Chewing ice blocks is very popular during the hot weather. Ice blocks can cause small fractures in your teeth and in worse case will break your teeth. This is because ice has a very high compressive strength often more than your teeth can handle.
  5. Get any potential dental issues sorted before Christmas
    Prevention is better than a cure. If you are guilty of ignoring dental pain/problems don’t let it get worse and ruin your holiday plans.
  6. Keep up the daily oral hygiene habits
    During the holidays we may not follow our normal daily work routine. Don’t let this be an excuse to stop good oral hygiene habits. Continue to brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day and flossing at least once a day.

Keep these tips in mind to protect your pearly whites this holiday season. What can you do if you have problems over the holiday period? Call us to make an appointment.

We will be opening normal hours up to Friday the 19th of December.

During Christmas and new years we will be open by appointment only:
Mon – Wed 22nd to 24th of December
Mon – Wed 29th to the 31st of December

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