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Keep your chompers healthy this Christmas!

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We’ll all be tempted by sweet festive foods during the Christmas break, so it’s important to keep some things in mind if you want to preserve your beautiful smile.

Sticky sweets

If you’re going to eat sweet Christmas treats (and who doesn’t?), make sure you do so during mealtimes. All that chewing will have produced enough saliva to keep your teeth protected from acid attacks caused by sugar. Avoid snacking and try to choose the least sticky and chewy options. E.g. Choose a Christmas pudding instead of toffees and lollies.

Staining beverages

Both red and white wine can stain your teeth, so make sure that you drink water or rinse your mouth out when you’re finished. It’s best not to sip your drinks over along period of time. Alcohol also dehydrates you and decreases your production of saliva, which makes your teeth vulnerable to acids.

Drink staining beverages with your meals so you can brush away the particles with your usual oral hygiene routine. Try not to get in the habit of going to bed without brushing your teeth. If you miss a night in your enjoyment of the festivities, your teeth will be fine, but regular neglect will come back to haunt you in the new year!

Helpful hints:

Try to chew sugarless gum in between meals.

Don’t neglect the floss. Trapped particles aren’t going to go away on their own!

Give yourself the gift of healthy teeth! Buy yourself a new toothbrush every 3 months to avoid bacteria building up and to keep the bristles as effective as possible. The holiday season is the perfect excuse to switch to an electric toothbrush, which will cost more at first, but in the long run it will only cost as much as your regular toothbrushes, with regular replacements of the heads.

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