Can you believe it is that time of year again, with Christmas looming large on the horizon and the inevitable increase in sweet foods and chocolate consumption, the team at College Dental Surgeries have 5 top tips to protect your teeth from ho-ho-holes and avoid festive dental emergencies.
- Drink acidic and carbonated drinks and juice through a straw
This helps to reduce the amount of time the liquid is in contact with your teeth, reducing the risk of acid erosion and tooth decay.
- 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. Can’t bear to part with those sugary treats, try to keep them for mealtimes to reduce the damage caused to teeth.
- Chew sugar free 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.
- Don’t use your teeth as tools
Many people end up damaging their teeth as they use them to tear Sellotape, open beer bottles or crack open nuts. Always ensure that you have a pair of scissors, bottle opener and a nut cracker handy, or you may be asking your dentist for a new set of teeth, come January.
- 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 our 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.