Keeping our teeth pearly white over the Christmas period is a difficult task indeed. We’ll all be having excess sugary treats, large dinners and lots of red wine. Read our step-by-step guide on keeping your teeth healthy this Xmas!
1. Twice a day brushing after all those treats 🎄
Over Christmas, our teeth are in full defence mode from the all-out assault from our Xmas treats! Nearly a quarter of adults in the UK don’t brush their teeth twice daily. However, regular brushing stops the bacterial build-up of plaque – something we should be taking time to do over Christmas. Studies have shown that even missing one brushing session can start the process of forming cavities. Make sure you brush twice a day for two minutes to keep your teeth plaque free.
2. Not all toothbrushes are created equal 💪🏻
You need to make sure you are using the right tools for the job. To get your teeth cleaned of all those chocolate treats, candy canes and mince pies! Toothbrushes come with different thickness and strength bristles. Small-headed brushes are widely regarded as the best as they allow you to reach everywhere in your mouth more easily. Concerning bristles, softer tend to be better – ideally with rounded heads to prevent aggravation of the gums and damage to your enamel.
3. Not replacing your toothbrush enough 🎁
We’ve all used a toothbrush past its best so when better to ask for a new on than Christmas? Once the bristles start to lose their strength and have spread, it is already past time to replace your brush. Our best tip is to buy multiple brushes and always have one spare in the bathroom cabinet. Using a brush past its use-by date makes it more likely that you will miss areas of your mouth while brushing and that plaque will not be removed efficiently.
4. Not Using Floss ✨
No matter how good your brushing is, you cannot reach every area between your teeth. It’s been found that brushing misses 40% of the bad stuff which floss will capture. Regular flossing helps remove plaque and food that builds up in your teeth. The build-up of plaque along the gum line is one of the leading causes of gum disease of which, daily flossing will help to prevent!
5. There’s no such thing as ‘too much sugar’ over Christmas
Over Christmas we eat chocolate for breakfast and drink our body weight in alcohol – sadly these are leading causes of tooth decay. So over the Xmas period, if you feel the urge splurge on sugar, try sipping drinks irregularly and through a straw to avoid cavities. Your health and your mouth will thank you.