Over the silly season, many of us love to indulge in festive sweets and treats that unfortunately, aren’t the best for our pearly whites. With a few simple Christmas oral health tips from The White Bite, you can keep your smile in tip-top shape for the Christmas holidays.
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1: Keep the grazing at bay
During a regular day, meal-times are generally broken into separate windows. The White Bite recommends coupling this with an effective brushing and flossing routine after each meal, which ensures your teeth are well taken care of. However, snacking and grazing is much more frequent during the Christmas period, meaning your teeth aren’t getting a chance to recover. Also, an effective oral hygiene routine may be swept to the side.
It may be awfully tempting to reach for the candy in the bowl or sneak a slice of Christmas cake from the tin, but it’s important to remember to brush and floss after every meal. This ensures your teeth are kept free of food and debris, that can ultimately lead to bacterial build-up – causing dental decay, cavities or gingivitis.
By keeping your Christmas meal sittings at regular intervals, you can look after your smile while also keeping your waistline happy too! This ensures you can maintain your oral hygiene routine with flawless form throughout the season! To keep Christmas snacking to a minimum, chewing sugar-free gum is a great way to keep cravings at bay between meals.
2: Keep the bubbles to a minimum
It seems obvious to raise a glass and make a toast over the festive season, but prosecco and champagne is highly acidic, with excess amounts wreaking havoc on your teeth. By cutting back on the bubbles and only consuming in moderation, your teeth will stay protected.
The same goes for other alcoholic beverages, with excess sugar content spelling disaster for your smile! The White Bite recommends using a straw where possible to minimise risk and take care of your teeth this season.
3: Healthy snack alternatives
Vegetable crudités, anyone? There is a whole range of healthy snack alternatives you can prepare over Christmas time – that are better for you and better for your smile!
Veggie platters with dip or hummus are a great alternative to sugary treats. We also recommend breaking out the nutcracker and some nuts for a delicious and healthy Christmas snack. Treats don’t have to be laden with sugar to be delicious. If you still like it sweet, using artificial sweeteners such as Stevia will keep the oral nasties at bay.
4: Christmas activities come first!
It may seem logical to sit down and eat whatever you see in sight over the holiday period. After all, you worked hard this year and deserve to relax! You most certainly earned the candy canes, mince pies and a drink or two.
However, meaningful Christmas activities should take pride of place over simply snacking. With a whole range of things to do at Christmas time, you can avoid the brownie or gingerbread by keeping busy!
The White Bite recommends a few of these to stay busy and keep your oral health in check:
- Christmas craft activities
- Decorating the tree
- Writing Christmas letters and cards
- Making home-made stockings
- Creating a Christmas light display in the yard
- Cooking some healthy Christmas treats
- Playing a game of Christmas cricket
- Starting an all-star Christmas Carol group
5: Finish with some cheese
After gorging on a delicious Christmas meal and maybe a few red wines, try some cheese for dessert! Cheese is heralded for its myriad of dental benefits. Cheese is highly effective at reducing the acid levels in your mouth after eating, therefore protecting your precious enamel.
6: Be careful when eating
At The White Bite, we have seen first-hand the damage some foods can do to your teeth. We recommend using caution when biting into hard foods, such as pork crackling or Christmas candy. The last thing we want to see is a cracked or chipped tooth from getting a little too festive with your food.
With mindful eating habits and a few small tweaks, you can ensure your teeth are kept in optimal health during the Christmas holidays. If something bad does happen (touch wood), please get in touch with us immediately.
Our Christmas hours are below for your reference:
Monday 23rd Dec 8.00am – 5.00pm
Tuesday 24th Dec Closed
Wednesday 25th Dec Closed
Thursday 26th Dec Closed
Friday 27th Dec 8.00am – 5.00pm
Sat 28th Dec 8.00am – 12.00pm
Monday 30th Dec 8.00am – 5.00pm
Tuesday 31st Dec Closed
Wednesday 1st Jan Closed
Thursday 2nd Jan 8.00 – 7.00pm
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