‘Tis the season to be jolly
With the season of over-indulgence in full swing, here are our team’s top tips on how to make sure your teeth have a healthy and happy Christmas too!
- Savoury rather than sweet snacks are better for the teeth. Cheese is rich in calcium, which promotes healthy teeth and also balances out the PH in your mouth, and peanuts (unsalted if possible), which also contain calcium and vitamin D, are good choices.
- If you do like a sweet treat it’s better to have it in one go, ideally after your meal, rather than picking throughout the day.
- At Christmas lunch make sure you pile up your plate with broccoli and carrots, which contain vitamin A which help strengthens the tooth enamel, and turkey, which is a great source of protein which can help reduce tooth decay and keep your teeth strong and healthy.
- White wine can be very acidic so try drinking it during your main meal. And if you enjoy a glass of red, try and leave it an hour or so before you brush your teeth to avoid your teeth getting stained.
- If you like a bit of sparkle in your soft drinks or mixers go for soda water. Fizzy drinks are loaded with sugar and even sugar-free or diet drinks are still acidic. Or if you can’t resist them, use a straw as this will lessen direct contact with your teeth.