03 Dec 8 Dental Tips for the Festive Season
Be Nice (not Naughty) to your Teeth this Festive Season!
No matter how you celebrate the festive season, we thought it would be helpful to have some tips on keeping your smile healthy and bright this Holiday season.
1. Stick to Veggies –We know that this month can be full of social gatherings that have endless trays of Holiday biscuits, mince pies and Christmas cakes. Try filling up your plate with veggies and fruit first. Carrots and Broccoli are excellent choices as they are full of Vitamin A which works to strengthen your teeth’s enamel.
2. Skip the Candy Cane –Those red and white sticks might be a holiday favorite, but they can crack your teeth if you bite down wrong. Try and avoid them, but if you can’t resist then let candies dissolve to prevent any chipping or other damage. Make sure to brush thoroughly after eating candy of any kind.
3. Stay clear of soda –Soda is never good for your teeth. If you want something bubbly, try Sparkling water rather than soda. If you must drink soda, use a straw to keep most of the acid off your teeth.
4. Say Cheese! 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. However, like everything, moderation is the key.
5. Don’t forget the dentist –The festive season can be a busy time. Stay off Santa’s Naughty list by making and keeping your appointments.
6. Don’t use your teeth as a tool –The holidays come with presents to open, tape to apply to presents and loads of other things you may be tempted to break open or cut with your teeth. Don’t do it! Using your teeth as a tool can cause chips and breaks.
7. Watch the wine –A nice Red and even Mulled wine can stain your teeth. White wine is better if you want to keep your smile dazzling. If you do drink red, be sure to brush well after you indulge.
8. Don’t ditch the routine –The worst thing you can do is to let your oral hygiene routine go during the festive season. Christmas morning might be an exciting time for children, but if you’re a parent make them wait a little longer – it’s only two minutes after all! Optimal tooth brushing last about two minutes so if you hum a few verses and choruses of your favorite holiday song while you brush, you’ll likely brush long enough to clean up your teeth and gums (be sure to brush your tongue too).
During the Holidays, we will be closed on December 25th, 26th and January 1st.
For appointments, please call us on 04-3952005.
Wishing you and your families a very happy Holiday Season from all of us at The Dental Spa.