As the festive season begins it’s easy to get carried away with all the delicious treats available in abundance, but this also means it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re taking good care of your oral health! Read on for our 12 tips for keeping your mouth clean and healthy this Christmas season…
- Use Tools, Not Your Teeth
A simple mistake when using your teeth to grip tape or a bottle cap can result in cracks and chips, and just at the time when you don’t want to be making emergency trips to the dentist! Save yourself the stress and keep your bottle opener and scissors to hand!
- Pack a Holiday Dental Kit
Between visiting family and friends and going on outings, it can be easy to forget the essentials. Do yourself a favour and prepare a holiday dental kit with toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss, so that if you decide to stay out overnight, at least your teeth and gums will be as clean as if you were at home!
- Don’t Brush After Bubbly
Sparkling wine is both sugary and acidic and temporarily softens the enamel on the surface of your teeth, so keep this safe by waiting half an hour before brushing your teeth!
- Stuff Yourself with Turkey
Turkey meat is chock full of phosphorus, which is a protein that helps to strengthen your teeth and bones, making it the perfect food for your dental health!
- Hydration is Key
Drinking water helps not only to hydrate your entire body, but can be very handy in washing out food particles and acid from on and in between your teeth! Take regular sips from a glass of water to help clean your mouth and keep your body healthy!
- Choose Your Sweets
Where possible, opt for dark chocolate, which has benefits for your oral health, over sticky sweets like toffee and caramels - your sweet tooth will still be satiated, and your teeth will be safer all round!
- White Wine over Red
Wine isn’t great for your teeth overall due to its acid content, but red wine is more likely to stain the surface of your teeth - so to save yourself a whitening, opt for white over red wine where possible!
- Adjust Your Advent Calendars
A chocolate a day isn’t so bad - unless you’re already eating lots of other sweets and sugary foods, too. Try changing your advent calendar tradition this year - instead of chocolate, why not treat yourself to tea, cologne, or skincare? With a calendar available for almost every interest, there’s no need to stick to the chocolate ones!
- Make Use of Mouthwash
If you find that you’re eating regularly throughout the day, you’re best off carrying a small bottle of mouthwash with you to help wash out your mouth and remineralise your teeth between courses!
- Don’t Skip the Cheese Board!
Cheese is full of calcium and phosphate, which help to strengthen your teeth, as well as having pH neutralising characteristics that help to clean out your mouth after a meal - so make sure to finish your day’s eating with a cube of hard, aged cheese!
- Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush!
Avoid getting caught out when staying over with friends or family by making sure you carry your toothbrush with you wherever you go! Travel with ease with the Sonisk Pulse portable sonic toothbrush, complete with antimicrobial travel cap, which you can pop into your bag (or even coat pocket!) to ensure that you don’t accidentally miss a brushing!
- Maintain Your Routine
The most important thing is to ensure you continue your daily brushing and flossing routine, as there really is nothing more beneficial than consistent dental hygiene for your long term oral health!