Holiday season is here, which means we’re more likely to indulge in activities that aren’t always the best for our oral health.
If you’d like to know some tips for healthy teeth and gums over the festive period, keep reading.
We’re going to explain what you can do to keep on top of your oral hygiene over the holidays.
Avoid sugary food
It’s hard to avoid sugary food altogether at this time of year. One way to reduce the amount of sugar you consume is to fill up on fresh fruit — you’ll get a sweet hit without the damaging effects of processed sugar.
If you’re a fan of sugary desserts, limit yourself to small portions. You can also serve them with natural yoghurt instead of cream or ice cream to cut down on your sugar intake.
Cut down on fizzy drinks or try the sugar-free versions. Know that fruit juices can also be high in sugar, so why not drink water with a slice of fruit instead?
Know your alcohol
This is a time for celebration, and there’s nothing wrong with having an alcoholic drink or two to toast the season.
But it helps to know which alcoholic drinks contain the highest levels of sugar and which are sugar-free.
For no-sugar drinks, opt for beer, gin, tequila, rum, whiskey or vodka. Know that the drinks with the highest sugar content are sweet wines, so opt for a medium-dry or dry variety instead.
Check the labels on mixers too — many are high in sugar. As an alternative, try sugar-free cordial or diet lemonade.
Keep a healthy teeth and gums routine
It’s all too easy to fall asleep without brushing your teeth if you’ve had a night out or are just exhausted from the festivities.
But this won’t do your teeth any favours. The bacteria in your mouth will build up overnight and form plaque on your teeth, which can lead to cavities and gum disease. And, by the way, your breath won’t smell too good either!
If there’s one thing you can do for healthy teeth and gums over the hols, it’s to keep to a routine of brushing your teeth twice a day, followed by rinsing with mouthwash. Make sure you floss once a day too.
Follow a balanced diet
As well as avoiding sugary food and drinks, you can help keep your teeth and gums healthy by following a balanced diet.
Include tooth-friendly items like milk, cheese and yoghurt that contain calcium for strong teeth. High-fibre foods like fruit and vegetables are great for producing saliva, which reduces the effect of acid on your teeth.
Plain water, or water flavoured with fruit slices, will help keep your teeth and gums healthy too, especially if it’s fluoridated.
Make an appointment with a dentist in Te Atatu
Enjoy the festive season with healthy teeth and gums by following our oral hygiene tips.
If you’re due a check-up, be sure to make an appointment for after the holidays with your local dentist for Te Atatu here at Opal Dental.
Taking care of your oral hygiene is a great way to start 2024, so make it your New Year’s resolution to take care of your teeth and gums. Reach out to our friendly team to make a date.