It’s that time of year again where everyone is rushing around de-tangling the lights (a dreaded job that someone must do!), last minute present shopping, writing Christmas wish lists and stocking up on festive food. During this time we all love to relax in front of the TV, indulge in food and forget about the gym-ing or healthy eating for a week or two. And although we deserve to take it easy for the end of the year it’s important not to forget about your teeth in the magical madness that is Christmas!
Here are some tips to help you protect your teeth from ho-ho-holes this Christmas:
1. Don’t use your teeth as tools this Christmas. Many people end up cracking and chipping their teeth, as they use them to tear cellotape, open beer bottles or crack open those nuts. Have a pair of scissors handy and ask Santa for a nut-cracker instead of asking your dentist for a new set of teeth come January!
2. Try to drink acidic carbonated drinks and juice through a straw to reduce the contact with your teeth.
3. Eating at Christmas time is one way we like to celebrate but try to keep the snacking at meals times, to expose your teeth to less acid and sugar.
4. However, if you just can’t resist snacking on those Quality Street (we know the feeling!) or having a Christmas tipple (or two!) chew sugar-free gum or drink a glass of water to boost protection.
5. Don’t ditch the routine! Even though Christmas morning is very exciting and we all want to see what Santa has brought us (adults and kids alike!) brushing your teeth before you head down to the presents only takes 2 minutes!