The British Dental Health Foundation is offering some top tips on dental care, as we approach one of the ‘sweetest’ times of the year. Research by the foundation has shown that the 48 hour period between Christmas Day and Boxing Day is the worst time in the year for dental health.
Due to all of the extra chocolate, fizzy drinks, and fruit-based mince pies consumed in that period, we are actually putting our teeth in constant danger of tooth decay and tooth erosion, the foundation reports.
To avoid tooth decay, brushing your teeth just before bed is essential as it will make sure that you have removed acid forming plaque before sleep as at night your saliva flow (the tooth’s natural protective mechanism) slows down. If you’re partying late, with less sleep than normal, you may also want to take extra care of your teeth during the day.
Luckily the foundation also recommends eating sensible portions of cranberries as they actually may help to prevent both gum disease and tooth decay. Limiting sweets and treats to mealtimes will also be good for tooth health.
Finally, a little bite of cheese or probiotic ice cream after a meal will help to regulate the acidity caused by sugary mince pies.
Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter, said: “It is important to be extra vigilant with your oral health over the Christmas period. Your teeth are under attack for up to one hour after eating or drinking, and if you think about how much is consumed, and how often, particularly over Christmas and Boxing Day, your teeth don’t really get the chance to recover.”