It is the festive time of the year again. The carols are playing, there are lots of delicious food and sugary treats, and you are finally relaxing with friends and family away from any work or school obligations. But, the last thing you want to deal with during the festive season is a chipped or cracked tooth and need an emergency dental treatment over Christmas or the New Year. The festive season offers the perfect opportunity to indulge, but this does not mean that you should neglect your dental health.
At Guelph Royal Dental Centre, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a fruitful New Year full of blessings. We are grateful to our patients for trusting us with all their dental needs throughout 2020. We also thank our patients and partners for their support during this challenging year as we faced the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope for better days and normalcy in the coming New Year.
The best Christmas Dental Tips from Guelph Royal Dental Centre
Follow your Dental Routine
The festive season is long and has lots of activities with friends and family. As a result, the last thing on your mind will be your teeth. Brushing and flossing your teeth is one of the simplest and best ways of maintaining healthy and white teeth. Do not let the countless activities and parties held during Christmas and New Year disrupt your everyday dental routine.
Avoid or Minimize Eating Candies
Hard candies are not good for your teeth. Apart from being 100% sugar, they can also cause chipped or broken teeth. Hard lollies, mints, and pork crackling are a risk to your teeth and fillings. Furthermore, you will spend more time sucking on them because they take longer to dissolve. As a result, your teeth will be exposed to sugar for longer periods, increasing tooth decay risks.
Be Wary of Beverages that Stain your Teeth
Excessive intake of some beverages may cause staining of your teeth. Therefore, to maintain the whiter and brighter smile that you want during the holiday season, you should minimize the intake of coffee, tea, red wine, or cranberry juice. If you must take them, then you should use a straw to drink or brush your teeth after consuming these beverages to help keep your pearly whites brighter as you want them to be.
Ensure your Body is Hydrated
You need to take lots of water and minimize the intake of sugar-filled beverages and alcoholic drinks. It is recommended that you drink at least 8 glasses of water every day to enhance not just your overall health but your oral health too. When your body lacks water, less saliva is produced in your oral cavity. This means that the acid produced by germs in the mouth lingers longer on the teeth, and this makes them susceptible to tooth decay.
Enjoy Sugar Snacks and Drinks at Mealtimes
During the festive season, there are lots of sugary treats, sweets, and drinks at parties, get-togethers, and even in homes. Instead of snacking regularly on the festive goodies, you should include them as part of your main meals. This way, you will cause less damage to your gums and teeth. We produce high levels of saliva during our main meals, which helps wash away any excess sugars or acids more effectively.
Alcohol and Cigarettes
During Christmas, even many non-smokers tend to have a cigarette or two, and alcohol consumption increases. Both of these things can increase the risks of gum disease since they cause a dry mouth. As a result, bacteria in the oral cavity are not flushed away as they usually are because saliva production is reduced. The best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums during the holiday season is to ensure that you do not smoke or drink excessively.
Do Not Forget Your Dentists During the Holidays
With the countless activities, errands, and social gatherings during Christmas and the New Year festivities, it is easy for most people to forget about their dental care. Make sure to book your regular dental checkups and teeth cleaning right after the holidays. Start the New Year with a beautiful and healthy smile.
Guelph Royal Dental Centre Wishes you A Happy New Year – 2021
As the New Year 2021 is approaching, we cannot tell what the year holds for us. However, just like in other years we have had before, we keep anticipating good things. We believe that things will get back to normal in the coming year.
No matter what holidays you will be celebrating this year, we want you and your family to be safe and maintain good dental health during the holiday season and beyond the New Year.
If you have any questions or would like to book your next dental appointment, please contact us.