December is an exciting time, full of feasts and festivities - but it’s not always so easy on your teeth. Read on to find out our best tips for maintaining your oral health this winter season…
Don’t Brush After Fizz or Sugar
Though it might feel necessary to brush your teeth straight after a mince pie or glass of Bucks Fizz, hold off for at least half an hour! Carbonated drinks and sugar temporarily soften the surface of your teeth, so brushing them too soon after can erode your enamel.
Increase Your Calcium
Calcium helps to keep your teeth and bones healthy, so make sure you’re getting enough calcium-rich foods in your diet! If you’re wary of dairy, remember that greens and beans are a great source of calcium, too. These include broccoli, kale, and (our seasonal favourite) brussel sprouts!
Aim for the Cheeseboard
Cheese not only has high levels of calcium, but also neutralises the plaque acids that build up in your mouth, fighting off tooth decay!
Eat More Turkey
Turkey meat contains phosphorus, which helps to strengthen your bones and teeth. If you find yourself grazing at the buffet, opt for more turkey instead of another slice of tiffin - your teeth will thank you for it!
Tools, not teeth
In the frenzy to unwrap gifts it can be very tempting to use your teeth to rip open some stubborn sellotape, but beware! Using your teeth on hard objects can cause breakage, cracks, or just really hurt, and no one wants to visit the dentist over Christmas. Keep your teeth safe and bring out the scissors!
Stuff Your Stockings
Just because oral hygiene is important, doesn’t mean it can’t also be fun! Dental tools are great stocking fillers for all ages, and promote maintenance of good dental health even during the season of excess. Check out our Sonisk Pulse portable sonic toothbrush range - with 8 colours to choose from, you can personalise your gift to match your loved ones’ taste, for the perfect fun and functional gift.
Caution on Candy Canes
Candy canes and hard candies are very popular around Christmas, and can be difficult to resist when they’re all around you. However, hard candies can crack your teeth if chewed and, of course, contain a huge amount of sugar! So if you do indulge, it’s best to suck rather than chew, and give your mouth a rinse after.
Watch the Wine
Wine, especially red, can dull the brightness of your teeth. If you’re a wine drinker, stick to white where possible, and whether you’re drinking white or red, be sure to give your teeth a quick brush after a glass. Pop your Sonisk Pulse toothbrush into your bag when you’re heading out to the party and you’ll always be prepared!
Follow the tips above for healthy, happy teeth - the best gift you can give yourself this Christmas!