Everyone knows including myself that the Christmas holiday season can send our routine and eating habits into complete chaos. At this time of the year everyone is busy so we tend to slip out of our normal routine and are tempted with sweet treats that are hard to avoid or resist.
I have a few tips to help you minimise the risk of dental decay or damage.

Try keep your routine in terms of caring for your teeth the same as always, which means brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.

Keep snacking to a limited amount, at this time of the year it feels like we eat and drink way too much. It’s best to be mindful of what you’re eating in-between meals, if its unavoidable try healthier options to snack on like fruits and vegetables, yogurts and of course lots of water.

Favourite Christmas treats like Christmas pudding and candy canes contain a lot of sugar and acids, these particular treats are sticky and surgery and tend to stick to your teeth, you can always opt for sugar free lollies instead.

Drinks are another culprit, be mindful of what you drink this includes wine and champagne which contains sugar and acid, it would be best to limit your consumption or drink water between each glass.

Always wait at least an hour before brushing your teeth after eating acidic food or drinks. Brushing straight after can brush away your enamel.

OK we may have all done this but please use a bottle opener NOT your teeth, who wants a broken tooth at Christmas time.

Lastly Everything in moderation

I hope this is helpful for you at this time of the year.

The team at
ASHBURTON DENTAL CENTRE
Wish you a very
MERRY CHRISTMAS.