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Care for your teeth at Christmas

Christmas is coming and, as “turrón”, this is the time when we have to take extra care and attention to our teeth. Most cavities and dental problems by excessive sugar consumption and poor oral cleaning occur during Christmas. One in four people do not brush their teeth on vacation. This data, we find most alarming, why do we have the habit of showering and grooming on a daily basis but it costs us greatly to maintain good oral hygiene? Moreover, if we add the increased intake of sugar and other unhealthy foods for our teeth, during the Christmas holidays, we will have as a result a problem of caries, gingivitis and infections.

Experts have noticed an increase in visits to the dentists in the month of January. This certainly may be due to causes such as the need of repairing small accidents in prosthetics, teeth or braces, or the need for a cleaning after all the excesses. It may even be a New Year´s resolution.

Christmas means celebration, family gatherings, meals, friends … in short, is a time of joy and festivities. But it is also a time of excess and changes in daily routine, and this may affect the health of our teeth. At this time we must take special care to maintain healthy teeth.

We can enjoy Christmas as we care, with a few simple tips to avoid mistreating our teeth. Do not forget that our mouth and teeth are essential elements for maintaining good overall health, and good aesthetics:

-The hard “turron”, is better than the soft one because in its composition it has almond, honey, egg whites and a lower percentage of sugar nougat.

– The hardest candy can fracture our teeth, break our fillings or damage orthodontic treatment; we must limit their intake as much as we can.

– The soft and sticky candy, on the other hand, is not beneficial either, because they create problems of gum swelling for people with braces.

– Regarding alcohol, red wine is presented as the least aggressive for our dental health, since white wine and champagne damage the enamel and are aggressive for the cement of the root.

The best food choices for the health of your mouth include cheese, chicken or other meats, nuts and milk. These foods are designed to protect tooth enamel by providing calcium and phosphorous needed to remineralize teeth (a natural process by which minerals are redeposited in the enamel after being eliminated by acids)

Other food choices are crisp, fresh vegetables and fruits (e.g., apples and pears). These foods have high water content, producing a decrease in the effects of sugars they contain and stimulating the flow of saliva (which helps protecting teeth against decay by washing food particles, cushioning acid). Acidic foods such as citrus, tomatoes and lemons should be consumed as part of a larger meal to minimize the content of acid they posses.

The best beverage choices include water (particularly fluoridated water), milk and unsweetened tea. Limit your intake of beverages like soda, lemonade and coffee or tea with added sugar.

Despite everything we eat, the most important thing is to maintain good dental hygiene. DentalBio recommendes to always take with you a toothbrush when you eat outside, so you can keep the usual oral cleaning routine.

Clinica DentalBio´s professionals are committed to prevent dental problems, to advise you on everything you need regarding the consumption of sugar Christmas and proper oral cleaning. If discomfort or abnormal symptoms, do not expect to the end of your vacation, go to your dentist without delay.

Laura Turean