Archives for December 2018

Looking after your teeth at Christmas time (aka eat and drink all day – day)

As this festive time is upon us we know that normal dietary habits can often go out the window which can wreak havoc on your dental health. So we’ve put together a few tips on how to avoid the usual aftermath of sensitive teeth and dental erosion, but we appreciate that the silly season can get pretty busy so we’ll keep this short and sweet (but not too sweet!).

  1. Don’t brush your teeth right after an acid attack (see below). Acid from food and drink will remove mineral from the surface of your teeth making it weaker and more prone to abrading away. Your saliva will buffer the acid and remineralise the teeth after about 45 minutes so wait until then. You can help speed this up by rinsing away the acid with plain water or mouthwash or can help produce more saliva by chewing something not acidic, like sugar-free gum.
  2. Drink plenty of water. With all the alcohol, caffeine, and summer sun it’s easy to get dehydrated and for your saliva to dry. Have a good swish with plain water after eating as well.
  3. Know what’s acidic. This is typically anything fizzy or sour including fruit, fruit flavours, fruit juices (yes that includes wine – bah humbug), and even fizzy water can dissolve dentine. Try and limit these to meal times when you’re chewing and producing saliva. Follow some wine with a piece of cheese for example.
  4. Spit after brushing but don’t rinse, this will give the mineral in your paste more time to move into your teeth. Brush at least two times a day and do it gently, make small circles at the gum line one tooth at a time and spend at least five seconds per tooth surface. Soft or sticky foods are likely to have most sugar so it’s a good idea to try and rinse them off of the teeth right away.
  5. Come and see our hygienists. Nicole and Caron are lovely and are great at what they do. They can remove those stains and tartar that might have arrived with Santa and can apply remineralising and desensitising gels to your teeth.

Of course, we want you to have an exceptional summer holiday and Christmas break, so have fun, be merry, and remember to follow our top five teeth tips – your teeth (and your dentist!) will thank you for it.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Dental Experts will close at 5pm on Wednesday the 23rd December. We will then be closed over Christmas and New Year and will
re-open at 8am on Monday the 11th of January.

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