Some festive ideas for maintaining teeth and gum health over Christmas.
As we start to wind down for the Christmas holidays, it is worth taking a few moments to consider how we can ensure that we don’t have a problem with our teeth whilst dental practices are closed.
Whilst emergency dental care will be available, it can be more stressful if you need to have treatment from an unfamiliar dentist, however good they might be.
At the Confidental Clinic, we have given this some thought, and here are some of our top tips for avoiding the dentist this Christmas.
Don’t skip the teeth cleaning – However tired you feel, or however much you have overindulged on the wine, you should always make an effort to brush your teeth, and preferably, floss too. Given the sugary food excesses at this time of the year, your teeth may well suffer if you don’t.
Avoid accidents – Although we can’t always avoid accidents, the fact is that many of them happen because of circumstances that we create. Two of the most common causes of broken teeth (and worse) at this time of the year are caused either by opening bottles with the teeth, or using them to crack open nuts. This is what bottle openers and nutcrackers were invented for!
Moderate alcohol intake – Alcohol is likely to increase the risk of falls and other mishaps. It is also a leading cause of dry mouth syndrome; something which, in turn, increases the likelihood of gum infections. Try to drink in moderation, and drink plenty of water throughout the day to reduce its effect and help you to stay well hydrated.
Try not to snack continually – We have all done it; sat down after our Christmas dinner to watch TV, our hand continually reaching for the sweet tin. This type of ‘grazing’ means that the saliva in our mouth does not have time to wash away sugar and bacteria, and instead, our teeth and gums are constantly bombarded by enamel eroding sweets. Try to take a break, or alternate sweets with a more tooth friendly alternative.
Watch the kids carefully – Christmas is all about children and it is important to monitor them at this time of year when they are almost certain to be extremely excited. Sweet consumption will go through the roof and brushing their teeth becomes time that, in their opinion, would be much better spent playing with their new toys (or eating yet more sweets and chocolate!) Even if they are now old enough to be responsible for cleaning their teeth, it is worth supervising them to make sure that they do actually do this before they get into bed.
We hope that all of our Surbiton patients have a lovely Christmas and a happy New Year. Hopefully, the next time that we see you will be for your regular appointment, but should you need emergency dental care over the holidays, when we are closed, please call the Confidental Clinic on 020 8399 1291.