Keeping A Healthy Smile At Christmas

Protecting your teeth and gums during festive indulgence!

Christmas is a time to be happy and have fun. Families get together, sometimes for the only time during the year.

This can bring a lot of happiness for many people, but also a few clenched teeth for others! Whatever type of Christmas you have, we hope that it is one free of dental problems, especially at times when your local dental practice may be closed, and you would need to see an outside dentist who you are not familiar with.

With this in mind, here at The Lodge Dental Suite, we have put together a few simple tips for our Cheshunt, Waltham Cross and Broxbourne patients which should help to keep your teeth and gums trouble free over the holiday period.

Don’t stop cleaning

General excitement, tiredness, or even the excess of alcohol consumption can all be given as ‘excuses’ not to clean your teeth, especially last thing at night. This is the worst time to neglect your teeth though, as your teeth and gums will be coated in the sugars and acids from the food and drink consumed during the day. With much festive fayre being very high in sugar, failing to clean your teeth is not a good idea!

Mind the booze

We don’t expect people not to drink at Christmas, but drinking heavily can have a negative effect on your teeth and gums. Not only is gum disease more of a risk, due to dry mouth syndrome, but falls and accidents are far more likely if we have drunk too much. Try to keep your intake moderate, perhaps alternating alcohol with water or soft drinks.

Mind those party tricks

We’ve probably all done something silly when we had too much to drink, or just wanted to show off. Whilst some party tricks are harmless, others, such as opening bottles with your teeth is just a plain bad idea. Not only might you suffer from a broken tooth or two if you attempt this, but nasty facial injuries are also quite possible. Use a bottle opener, and if you don’t have one, add it to the Christmas shopping list!

Christmas gifts

Talking of those last minute Christmas presents; why not make yours more tooth friendly this year? Some basic ideas could include electric toothbrushes which are are great for getting kids to brush their teeth as they are fun and require less effort. Grown ups too might enjoy a cheese selection, perhaps instead of yet another box of chocolates? Cheese also helps to balance the acids in our mouths; a double benefit.

We wish all of our patients a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year and look forward to seeing you soon.

In case of a dental emergency over the holiday period, please call our usual number on 01992 643 388 and listen to the instructions on our answerphone if we are closed.