On the 12th day of Christmas, my dentist gave to me… a handy guide to healthy holiday teeth! The festive period can be a tough time for our teeth and gums, but the expert team at Mason Dentistry are on hand to keep you smiling through the New Year.
Day 3: Choose toys instead of treats
Rather than giving your kids an advent calendar filled with sugary treats, swap it for a countdown full of fun family games, jokes, or puzzle activities.
Most people don’t brush for the optimal two minutes each time, but if you hum a few verses of your favorite holiday songs while you clean your teeth, you’ll likely hit the target.
Turkey is actually one of the healthier festive foods for our teeth – the protein contains phosphorous, which strengthens teeth and bones. Go ahead, tuck in!
Regularly drink water throughout the day to rinse food particles and bacteria from your mouth and reduce the risk of tooth decay. Choosing water rather than soda or fruit juice over the festive period will help to lower your overall sugar intake.
Banning sweet treats may be unrealistic over the holidays, but you can minimize the risk to your teeth by avoiding hard candies that may crack teeth or sticky candies and toffees that stay in your mouth for extended periods of time.
The holidays can throw everyone off balance but neglecting your oral hygiene routine can have serious long-term consequences – it only takes two minutes to brush thoroughly twice a day and another minute or so to floss!
Going away this Christmas? Don’t forget to pack the essentials – toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, and any current treatments (e.g. Invisalign trays).