Top tips for your teeth this Christmas!
Christmas is a great family celebration and most people go all-out when it comes to sweet treats and nibbles. We all like to indulge a bit at Christmas, but which foods will do the most damage to our teeth?
1) Mince Pies
We all love a Mince Pie or two at Christmas but its worth bearing in mind that the filling is packed full of sugar so best to keep these delights to a minimum.
2) Boxes of Chocolates
Most people go mad for chocolate at Christmas and a lot of house holds end up with huge family sized boxes of chocolate treats! These are undoubtedly popular but also high in sugar (and fat) and should be an occasional treat.
3 ) Fizzy drinks
Most households stock up on fizzy drinks at Christmas time; the full-fat versions are full of sugar so if you’re worried about your teeth try to go for sugar free, diet versions. Fizzy drinks are a major contributor to tooth erosion, which is a chemical process that attacks and wears down enamel.
4) Christmas cake
Christmas cake is an age-old tradition and many families will have a cake to go with their turkey this year. Covered in thick frosty white icing and marzipan, Christmas cake is full of sugar and remains a firm festive favourite
5) Chocolate advent calendars
Advent calenders get the Christmas festivities off to a start at the beginning of December; most calendars only contain a small individual chocolate for each day of Advent so this won’t cause too much damage, unless you supplement your daily intake with a load of other sweet treats you should be OK!
Other tips to follow to look after your teeth this Christmas include…
- Keep a spare toothbrush in your handbag or desk at work for after treats passed round the office or workplace
- After eating sugary or acidic foods or drinks, leave it an hour before brushing as this is when your mouths PH has returned to normal and it is safe to brush
- To speed up the process of your mouth returning to a neutral PH chew sugar free gum
- Use a straw to drink fizzy drinks or bubbly Champagne or stick to still drinks as much as possible
- Try not to snack a lot, leave an hour at least between each snack
- Always brush your teeth before going to bed as bacteria work on your teeth during the night