With Christmas just around the corner, the last thing you want is to be holed up nursing toothache or trying to recover after a dental drama. If you’re keen to avoid a nightmare before Christmas, here are some simple tips:
Book a dental visit: if you haven’t been to the dentist in the last 6-9 months, now is the time to book an appointment. Regular dental visits can reduce your risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay by up to 60 percent. Routine check-ups only take a few minutes, there’s no pain involved and if there are any problems, we can remedy the situation before it gets worse.
Brush up! If you’re desperate to keep your smile in check this Christmas, make sure you make time for twice-daily brushing. Brushing is the best way to remove bacteria and food debris from your mouth and it prevents the formation of plaque. Brush once in the morning and before you go to bed, taking care to cover every individual tooth and angling your brush head to clean along the gum line. We advise using fluoride toothpaste to protect and strengthen your enamel.
Go steady on the festive treats: at this time of year, most of us relax our healthy eating plans and go a little bit crazy with the festive delights. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying yourself and treating yourself to some Christmas treats, but try and bear your teeth in mind. Avoid snacking between meals and keep an eye on how much sugar you consume. If you’re looking for easy ways to cut your sugar intake over the festive period, swap fizzy drinks for sugar-free cordials or mixers if you’re having an alcoholic drink and don’t add sugar to tea or coffee.
Seek advice: if you start experiencing dental pain or you’ve been getting toothache for a while, don’t wait and hope that it goes away. Book an appointment and we’ll do everything we can to solve the problem and ensure you’re pain free for the festivities.