Protect your teeth from ho-ho-holes this Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, everyone is busy getting prepared, de-tangling the lights, writing Christmas wish lists and stocking up on festive food. During this time, we love to do the “bad” things that we usually deprive ourselves of during the year — lounging in front of the TV for the day and overindulging in food! Although it’s important to relax and enjoy yourself, it’s just as important not to forget about your teeth in the magical madness that is Christmas!

Here are some tips to help you protect your teeth from ho-ho-holes this Christmas:

1. Ditch that festive latte

A peppermint latte may taste good and look festive, however these drinks have a high amount of sugar and calories. Many of these drinks contain the same amount of sugar as SIX DOUGHNUTS! We don’t want to be a complete Scrooge and say you can’t enjoy them altogether, so why not make your own at home for fewer calories, sugar and still all of your teeth by the end of the drink?!

2. Swap the mince pie for a handful of nuts

Just as festive, and they won’t harm your teeth (just as long as you don’t use your teeth to crack them open!) Mince pies are quite high in sugar because of the dried fruit they are made up with, so instead reach for the nutcracker. Nuts are rich in vitamins and minerals, which help protect your teeth from decay.

3. Fondue of a Christmas cheese board?

Good news, cheese is not only rich in calcium, which promotes healthy teeth but also balances out the PH in your mouth after having an acidic drink, like mulled wine.

4. Drink water at the end of the office Christmas party

December is usually a busy month with lots of Christmas parties. A great tip is to make water your last drink of the night, as not only does it help to wash away the acid & plaque from the drinks, but it also lessens the hangover!

5. Don’t ditch the routine

That bit between Christmas and New Year is odd. We have that ‘what day of the week is it?’ feeling and our daily routine gets thrown out. However, try to stick to a good oral hygiene routine (especially during this time of year) as your teeth take a bit of a hammering with the sugary treats and drinks they go through!

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