Christmas party dental pitfalls for patients at Bamboo Dental
The bubbles are flowing, the mince pies are heated and the karaoke machine is loaded with your favourite Christmas jingles. That’s right; it’s time to put on those Christmas jumpers and start singing.
The end of the year is a time to get into the festive, party spirit and enjoy yourself. However, it’s important to remember that there are more things to be aware of than hangovers and going up a trouser size. There are some serious dental problems that can crop up at Christmas parties that could leave you needing to visit a dentist.
Here are some tips from Bamboo Dental on how to keep your teeth sparkling white and healthy over the festive season.
Watch out for that sugar
Like most things, seasonal favourites such as mince pies, puddings and sweets are loaded with dried fruit which also means, extra added sugar. Try to limit your consumption and make sure you clean your teeth afterwards. If you are out and about and it’s not possible to clean your teeth straight away drink some water. This will at least help to clear larger food particles until you are able to get to your toothbrush.
Drinks can stain
Red wine is a festive favourite, especially when it’s sweet, spicy mulled wine. However, red wine, along with coffee, is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to staining the enamel of your teeth. Fizzy drinks are loaded with sugar and put your teeth at risk of cavities.
Try to stick to clear or light coloured drinks to avoid staining. If you do want to indulge in something naughty, try drinking through a straw. This will lessen the impact on your teeth from both a staining and a sugary perspective.
Use food as a natural toothbrush
Chewing on those healthy, teeth friendly party snacks such as raw celery and carrots will help you to produce saliva. Saliva helps to neutralise cavity causing bacteria so it’s great for both your teeth and your waistline.
Don’t forget your normal dental routine
It can be tempting to let your normal routine slip. Maybe you get home too late and forget about your teeth until the morning. Maybe your head feels a little fuzzy so you don’t leave your bed, even just to brush your teeth. Whatever the reason, try and get up and clean your teeth and sip water in between cleans. Your teeth and breath will look and feel much fresher for it.