Today’s Festive Spoiler: Say YES to cheese!
As part of our run of Christmas special features on oral health, Fresh Smile Clinic wants to fill you in on some top insider tips to make sure you can keep your teeth and your waistlines in check this season.
Remember folks, as well as keeping an eye on the bulge in this festive time of indulgence it’s also really important that another essential part of your look doesn’t suffer; your teeth!
Trust us, with all those late nights, sugary drinks and mince pies, our pearly whites can take a hammering. But there’s no need for us to be a Scrooge about the matter, there are some super simple steps you can take to make sure you still have your teeth in check when the New Year comes around.
In this article, our very own Dr Kirrin Punia of Fresh Smile Clinic, provides some top tips on how you can maintain healthy gums and teeth all the way through the party season. You’re welcome!
Watch out for the dreaded “Prosecco Smile”
You don’t need us to tell you, but the nation’s obsession with Prosecco looks to continue this Christmas with sales of the Italian Fizz set to rise by a staggering 500% by the time Santa comes to visit.
OK, it may taste great but the experts among us know all about a look you definitely don’t want, the ‘Prosecco Smile!
“Everyone loves a Prosecco, but did you know that it’s highly acidic?” explains Kirrin.
“That, together, with its high sugar content means it can be a disastrous recipe for your teeth. Consider adding a little ice to your alcoholic drinks this year. Not only will this stop you from embarrassing yourself at that Christmas do by driving down the alcoholic content, it will also reduce the high acid content thanks to its cool temperature.”
Don’t overgraze people!
Some chocolate here, a Christmas pudding here, it’s extremely easy to let those Christmas meals into 24 hour long feeds! Allow your teeth to recover in between meals and you can thank us later.
Kirrin said: “Remember, it’s not the volume, it’s the sugar frequency in your diet that could lead to tooth decay. Don’t think that spreading the sugar treats will be good news for your teeth, a sugar attack several times a day isn’t the way to go. Enjoy it once and move onto something else.”
Finishing with cheese isn’t as bad as you might think…
Yes, you heard us correctly! Cheese, believe it or not, is actually one of the very few Christmas indulgences that actually have a positive effect on your gnashers.
Why, let’s hear it from our expert, Dr Kirrin Punia: “Cheese is well known to reduce levels of acid in the mouth, and can really help protect our teeth. Have some cheese to finish off your day and reap the benefits. Also, make the effort to not overeat foods that you don’t normally eat, such as Pork Scratchings and Toffee.
You wouldn’t believe how many patients we have to help this time of year with chipped and broken and teeth!”
Fresh Smile Clinic is leading dentist in West Yorkshire specialising in advanced cosmetic dentistry. For more information visit freshsmileclinic.co.uk.