The year is finally coming to a close and what better way to celebrate this time of year than Christmas. The weather is lovely, people are in cheerful spirits and it truly is, the most wonderful time of the year. The best part of Christmas is the time spent with family and friends, whether over a sumptuous lunch, a beach barbeque or just a meal for two.
Here are a few ideas to help you enjoy the festivities and celebrations that make the yuletide gay.
Water, the best drink of all!
With summer settling in nicely, drinking water after having sweet foods helps to wash away any sugars and helps neutralize bacterial acids that cause decay. The fluoride in tap water helps teeth form a stronger, more decay-resistant enamel. Avoid drinking soft drinks or cordials, as these have high levels of sugars and acids that can cause decay and erosion.
Chocolates, Sweets and all those yummy treats!
It is better to eat sweet foods as part of a main meal. Your mouth is then geared to protect your teeth against acid attacks by producing saliva that helps break down the sugars, helps with swallowing food and protects your teeth during your meal. Sticky toffees or lollies can stick to your teeth for long periods of time and can result in prolonged bacterial acid attacks on your teeth, causing decay. Also, dark chocolate contains less sugar than white or milk chocolate, is just as delicious and contains more antioxidants than its counterparts.
Watch the Pork Crackle!
No roast pork is complete without crackle. It like Han Solo without Chewbacca or Ali without Frazier or Willy Wonka without the Oompa Loompas. However, be careful when chomping down that delicious crackle. Pork Crackle can cause teeth and fillings to break which can lead you to having a not so jolly Christmas as well as wanting some new teeth for Christmas.
Chew some Sugar-free Gum!
Sugar-free gum stimulates saliva flow to help wash away any leftover sugars or acids. Just don’t chew it for hours and hours.
From the team at Smile Hawthorn, we hope you have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year!