Dentist festive oral health wish list
Over the festive period we all tend to increase our consumption of sweets and chocolate and with this in mind the dentists at College Dental Surgeries have put together a few tips to keep your teeth strong and health and to avoid dental emergencies.
Consider including sugar free sweets
You are not the only one that loves sugar, so do the bacteria in your mouth that cause tooth decay. When you eat sugary foods, the bacteria produce acids that eat away at your teeth causing cavities. By picking sugar free sweets you are reducing the food available for the bacteria.
Cannot bear to part with those sugary treats, try to keep them for mealtimes to reduce the damage caused to teeth.
Chew gum following meals
By chewing a piece of sugar free gum for 20 minutes after a meal, you will produce extra saliva which is the mouth’s natural defence to the acid produced by plaque bacteria reacting with the sugars in our food and drink. Over time this acid will dissolve away the tooth enamel and dentine producing a cavity. By chewing gum your mouth’s pH level will return more quickly to its stable level reducing the time the acid has to affect your tooth enamel.
Enjoy dark chocolates
Diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure have all been shown to have a link with your dental health. If you are a chocaholic it is best to opt for dark chocolate as it is packed with compounds that can help to protect your heart and your oral health.
It may not be the most obvious foods that can cause the damage!
When you think of all the Christmas treats, not many people will consider dried fruits as a potential oral health issue. Dried fruits because of their sticky nature will linger on teeth long after you have finished chewing them. As fruits are dried their sugars become more concentrated. For example, in 100g dates there is an amazing 63g of sugar, which is worse than some chocolate bars! This is not to say that you cannot enjoy a festive fruit but try to limit them to mealtimes or eat your fill in one sitting. Avoid constantly grazing throughout the day to help protect your teeth.
Don’t forget to brush your teeth!
During the festivities, it is very easy for your regular oral hygiene routine to go a bit awry! This Christmas be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste and use interdental aids to clean between your teeth once a day.
All the team at College Dental Surgeries would like to wish their patients a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you all in the new year and should you need anything over the festive period do not hesitate to contact the surgery on 01622 752340.