How to Protect Your Smile This Christmas

How to Protect Your Smile This Christmas

Christmas is such a fantastic time of year but increased alcohol consumption combined with sugary treats can make it a tricky time for teeth. Follow our simple strategies for better oral health, reducing the risk of needing emergency dental care.

  1. Eat less sugar as this feeds plaque bacteria in your mouth, increasing the risk of tooth decay. Also, sugar is often hidden in foods like dried fruits and fruit juices. When you do have a sweet treat, make sure it’s something you love rather than eating something to be polite!
  2. Drink more water and less alcohol, as alcohol dries out the mouth and too much increases the risk of tripping or falling, potentially knocking out or chipping your teeth. When you do drink alcohol, reduce its impact by drinking plenty of water at the same time.
  3. Christmas is a time for wrapping and unwrapping presents and packages but make sure you use the proper tools instead of your teeth. The same goes for opening bottles or cracking nuts as these activities can easily damage your pearly whites.
  4. If you are keen on sports, ask us about a custom-made mouthguard. A custom mouthguard can reduce the severity of any sporting injuries and may prevent teeth from becoming chipped or broken, or worse, knocked out.