The festive season is full of tempting invitations to dine in or out with family, friends and work colleagues. It’s also when timetables and routines start to go off course, amongst those your normal dental hygiene routine. For this reason, we would like to offer you some sound advice to help you look after your dental health over the festive season, this special time of the year:
1. Visit your dentist before the festive season starts
If you have fillings, veneers, crowns, implants or dentures, it is a good idea to pay a visit to your dentist for a check-up before the festivities start. By doing this you can avoid possible toothache, dental sensitivity, tooth fractures and even bad breath, symptoms that could ruin this special time of the year for you.
2. Control what and how much you eat and drink
It is important to be conscious of the excesses than one can so easily fall into over the festive season. At the same time, it is important to try and avoid snacking in between meals and being constantly tempted by the sugary delights that surround you at this time of the year. Keep in mind that sugar consumption combined with a poor dental hygiene routine eventually leads to tooth decay. In addition, remember that the consumption of wine, coffee, tea or dark chocolate stains your teeth, so it is also best to limit your intake.
No doubt, when you eat out, you sometimes skip brushing your teeth as you should after meals. Being out and about is no excuse as you can easily carry a compact travel toothbrush with you. However, should this situation occur, where you have been unable to brush your teeth all day, never forget to do so before going to bed. You will clear out the food debris and remove bacterial plaque thereby preventing tooth decay and gum disease.
4. Health is the perfect gift for you and yours
Don’t neglect your health, nor anyone else’s. If you are still not sure what to give someone for Christmas, why not consider some kind of dental treatment to improve the teeth and health of those you most care for. Or, even consider a gift to yourself! Furthermore, if you smoke, it’s a good time of the year to make up your mind to stop. Nowadays there are many ways to achieve this and we would encourage you to do so. Your dental health and your health in general will be thankful for that decision.
Smiles are contagious! For this reason, we want you to enjoy an attractive and radiant smile. transmitting health and happiness to all those who see you.
Maybe your dental health routine has taken second place during the festive season in the past, however, we hope that with this short list of advice, you will be more conscious this time round, which is important for your teeth and general health. Make it one of your priorities now to ensure you have healthy teeth and a friendly, attractive smile. Don’t forget, look after your dental health over the festive season!