12 days of Christmas tips
1. Step into Christmas
We’ve found the perfect way for you to enter into the festive spirit AND show your teeth some TLC at the same time. This Christmas mashup lasts two minutes – exactly the amount of time you should spend brushing your teeth.
2. Christmas wish list
If you’re in need of some Christmas present inspiration, you’ve found it! Give the gift of great dental health in the form of an electric toothbrush. They take all the hard work out of brushing, allowing you to focus on your technique.
3. Baby it’s cold outside
If your teeth are feeling the chill, you may be suffering from sensitivity. This happens when the enamel that protects your teeth becomes damaged. Most cases can be resolved with the help of a sensitive toothpaste, but if it doesn’t improve, make an appointment to see your dentist.
4. Dreaming of a white Christmas?
For a snow-white smile, professional teeth whitening is the way to go – there’s nothing you can buy over-the-counter that will provide comparable results. However, if you’re looking for a subtle lift, you can tackle surface stains with a visit to the hygienist.
5. Angelic brushing
Brilliant brushing relies on a good routine. You should be brushing for two minutes twice a day, and flossing once a day. Brushing your teeth before bed is particularly important. You produce less saliva – your mouth’s natural defence against tooth decay – when you’re sleeping.
6. Candy cane chaos
Candy canes are a dentist’s Christmas nemesis. Not only are they packed with sugar, they’re also sticky. This means they’re going to cling to your teeth and feed the bacteria in your mouth, creating harmful acids in the process.
7. Cheese, glorious cheese
Cheese is the perfect remedy to the sweets and chocolates lurking in your stocking. It’s high in calcium and can even help to combat the plaque acids created by sugary/acidic food and drink. In our opinion, it’s the perfect finale to your Christmas dinner.
8. Mistletoe ready?
During the festive season it’s always wise to be prepared for rogue mistletoe. Bad breath can often be the result of dehydration, so make sure you drink plenty of water (in between mulled wine). Chewing sugar-free gum is also an excellent way to freshen breath and protect your pearlies in between brushing.
9. I spy mince pies
Everywhere we look there’s a mince pie waiting to tempt us and wreak havoc on our teeth. While Christmas isn’t really a time for restraint, saving sweet things for mealtimes will give your teeth the chance to recover in between ‘sugary assaults’.
10. Brushing with bells on
The best brushing is gentle but thorough. Don’t use too much elbow grease, or you could risk damaging your enamel and gums. If you’re squashing your bristles, you’re brushing too hard. Some electric toothbrushes even have a pressure sensor that will let you know if you’re too heavy handed.
11. Festive fizz survival
Prosecco, cava and champagne are all, sadly, less-than-great for your teeth. They contain acidic bubbles, alcohol and a high sugar content, making them a triple threat to your smile. If you can, avoid sipping on fizz for prolonged periods and have some water afterwards to dilute its effects.
12. Eat drink and be merry
If you’re taking great care of your teeth all year round, a small amount of Christmas indulgence is very unlikely to cause any lasting damage. Eat, drink – and enjoy!