Some seasonal oral care advice from the dentists at the AJ Dental Group.
As we come towards the end of the year, it is time to write our very last blog of 2019. We hope that you have enjoyed the ones we have written so far and we are always happy to hear suggestions of topics you would like us to cover in the future.
Seeing as we are approaching Christmas and the New Year festivities, we thought that this would be a good time to offer some advice that is very appropriate for this time of the year. We want all of our patients to have a great Christmas and one that is trouble free as far as your teeth and gums are concerned. With this in mind, we offer some festive dental advice below.
Don’t overdo the booze
Most of us will drink more at Christmas than we do the rest of the year. Although this is understandable, it also means that the effects can happen much faster and to a greater degree. What for some people might be a feeling of ‘merriness’ could, for usually lighter drinkers, mean more difficulty in walking straight. Anyone who has been drunk will know how difficult it can be to coordinate when you have drunk too much alcohol and accidents are much more likely. Tripping over a kerb or walking into a door could very easily lead to significant damage to your teeth which would need urgent restorative treatment.
By all means drink if you wish to do so, but please try to do so sensibly. Alternate your alcoholic drinks with soft ones, especially water as it is sugar free and will also help to keep you hydrated and rinse residual food particles from between your teeth.
Keep the sugar levels down
It’s tempting, isn’t it, when a film is on and that box of chocolates is within easy reach. Few of us dislike chocolate and it is all too easy to find ourselves snacking on these all afternoon, coating our teeth in sticky sugars. This consistent snacking is particularly bad as our teeth never get time to recover between each snack and as the enamel softens a little after eating, damage is more likely.
Try to leave gaps between your chocolate binges and better still, try to eat more tooth friendly foods such as cheeses and nuts. Your teeth (and probably your waistline!) will thank you for it.
Playing the fool
Perhaps this should have been included in the ‘alcohol’ section as we are probably more likely to show off and try to be funny after a few drinks. Most things that we do will probably, at worst, be embarrassing to us in the future, especially if the kids film it and post it on social media. There are some things that people might do to show off that can be very harmful to their teeth though. These include dancing drunkenly on tables (falls) and probably most dangerous of all, opening bottles with our teeth (risk of broken teeth and cuts to the lips and other soft oral tissues).
Anyone indulging in reckless activities such as these may well find themselves, a few minutes later, trying to arrange an emergency dentists appointment. Do bear in mind that if you do this, your usual dentist may well be closed and you will instead find a recorded message giving you instructions of where to go for treatment. Not at all convenient, particularly over the holidays, so please have fun but do take good care at the same time.
Don’t forget to brush and floss
Despite it being Christmas, a time when many of us can take a break from work, there are still routine jobs that we have to do. One of the most important of these is to clean our teeth well. A combination of sugar coated teeth and being too tired to be bothered to brush them is a recipe for disaster. However tired you feel at the end of a long day, ALWAYS make sure to brush your teeth and floss them. If you don’t currently floss, make sure that you add this to your New Year resolutions list. The hygienist at the AJ Dental Group will be happy to show you how to floss correctly if you find it tricky to do.
Finally, although it is Christmas it is a good time to start the New Year off on the right foot by checking that you have a check up appointment booked at our Woking dental clinic. If you haven’t, why not make one for the new year before we close for the Christmas holidays? These appointments play an important role in your oral health care regime.
With that timely reminder, we will put down our pens for the year (well, our keyboards anyway) and wish all of our patients a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you all again in 2020.