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How to Look After Your Teeth at Christmas

Monday December 2nd, 2019, Billy Rooney

Christmas is almost here and with it a welcome time of excitement and indulgence. We look forward to all the amazing things that the Christmas holiday ensues – incredibly festive food, present opening, snow (maybe) and an assortment of picturesque festive scenes. There are, however, factors to consider in terms of preserving oral health and preventing issues that could lead to dental implant treatment

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Here, we share some useful Christmas food and drink tips so that you limit the number of trips to the dentist in the New Year, as a build up of poor oral hygiene can lead to singular or multiple dental implants in Banbury. There are certain, often indulgent, foods that we tend to eat more of over the Christmas period, more so than the rest of the year. However, it is important to know which type of treats to have in moderation and to understand exactly how eating too many can impact your oral health over Christmas. 

Type of Festive Delights to have in Moderation

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  • Caramels & Toffees – Indulgent treats that usually make an appearance when the family are around! Toffees and caramels stick to your gums and can get right in between your teeth. The sugar in such sweets will fuel the bacteria in your mouth, subsequently leading to the accumulation of plaque. 
  • Hard & Boiled Sweets – Another firm favourite that are enjoyed whilst spending time with friends and family over the holiday. Hard and boiled sweets can damage your teeth in multiple ways. The sugar within will have the same effect as caramels and toffees while chipping a tooth is a possibility. A chipped tooth can allow plaque to reach nerve endings, which will be uncomfortable and could lead to dental implant treatment. 
  • Fruit Juice – A lot of bucks fizz may be enjoyed over the seasonal holiday and so it should, after all it is a celebration! Although we advise you to be careful with the amount of fruit juice you have over the period, as it contains a high level of acid that can cause tooth decay problems in the New Year.
  • Sour Sweets – You either love or hate them but, whatever your stance, they are certainly not good for your teeth. Containing a high level of acid, sour sweets should only be enjoyed in moderation this Christmas.
  • Champagne & Other Types of Alcohol – Of course, the Christmas period is to be enjoyed with a few tipples. Excessive champagne or alcohol consumption in general can cause serious gum disease though, so be aware. Alcohol is a leading cause of gum disease and infection.

Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene at Christmas

Obviously the more sugar you eat, the more your teeth are going to be susceptible to rotting and the likelihood of you requiring dental implant treatment in Oxfordshire. It is not only about the amount of sugar consumed but the amount of time that it hangs around. It is always better to have sugar around meal times, as opposed to sporadically. We produce more saliva at these times, therefore our mouths are better positioned to neutralise the acid produced.

Here are a few extra tips to help you maintain your oral hygiene over Christmas; a challenging time for your mouth and teeth.

  • Brush three times a day over Christmas.
  • Drink more water to flush out sugar and acid.
  • Make sure you have a nice, relatively new and highly effective toothbrush. Put it on your list if you don’t have it at the moment!
  • Chew sugarless gum – helps build up saliva.

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Book a dental implant appointment with us if you wish to plan dental implant treatment or require immediate treatment in the build up to Christmas or at any stage in the New Year. Our friendly and experienced professionals accommodate our patients’ every need and make you feel at home in our Banbury dental practice. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to treating you in New Year, should you require dental implants in Oxfordshire!

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