Taking care of your teeth this Christmas

By 16th December 2019Braces, Orthodontics

Braces Care during Christmas in Dublin

  • Stick to your normal oral care. You should already be used to brushing and flossing several times a day to keep food and drink particles from getting trapped in between teeth and your braces. Even though you might want to skip part of your oral care, it is not good for your teeth.
  • Even if you graze all throughout the day, take time out to give your teeth a good brushing and flossing at least a few times. The more your brush throughout the day, the less food residue and beverage acids there will be left on your teeth. Plus, don’t forget about your morning and night time routines regardless of when you are going to sleep and get up.
  • Beware of snacks that can stick easily to your braces. The longer these stay on the teeth and braces, the more tooth decay causing bacteria they can produce.
  • Do not use your braces to open bottles. Sure, your relatives might entice you to try to open a bottle with your braces, but this is not a good idea. It can damage the wires and braces, as well as the enamel on your teeth.

General Dental Care during the festive period

Remember the following tips to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout December:

  • Monitor how many sugary snacks and treats you are eating. While your mothers Christmas cake or treats are always a favourite, you don’t have to eat them all in one sitting. Enjoy a few treats now, brush and floss afterwards, and save some for later.
  • Eat and drink in moderation. For many people, Christmas means letting loose and they will want to eat and drink as much as possible. Not only can you avoid feeling bloated, but it is also easier to keep up on brushing and flossing when you eat and drink in moderation.
  • Your teeth are not appliances or tools. Just like those of us with braces, you should never use your teeth for anything other than eating. You can crack, chip or damage your teeth.
  • Drink plenty of water. Water will help remove food and beverage residue from your teeth and will help keep you hydrated. You can also rinse with water after meals before you brush and floss, to help pre-clean the teeth.
  • Keep plenty of guest toothbrushes on hand. If you are entertaining family, friends, and guests in your home, it might be a good idea to buy extra toothbrushes so everyone can practice good oral care throughout the Christmas period.

Just because the holiday season is upon us, it does not mean you can’t enjoy all of your holiday and seasonal favourite foods and beverages. By keeping up on your oral care and orthodontic treatment and making a few alterations to brush and floss more often, you will have a fun and enjoyable time and not have to worry about damaging your teeth.