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Maintaining Oral Health at Christmas

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Maintaining Oral Health at Christmas

21 December 2022

With the Christmas season here, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of gift-giving, festive parties and indulging in delicious treats. However, it’s important to remember that the holiday season is also a time to prioritise your oral health. Taking care of your teeth at Christmas can not only help prevent dental problems, but it can also ensure that you feel your best and most confident as you ring in the new year.

Keep your oral health routine

First and foremost, it’s important to maintain a regular oral hygiene routine throughout the holiday season. This means brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, and using mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen your breath. It’s also a good idea to brush your teeth after consuming sugary or acidic foods and drinks, as these can lead to tooth decay and erosion.

Be mindful of your diet

In addition to following a regular oral hygiene routine, it’s also important to be mindful of the types of foods and drinks you consume. While it’s certainly okay to indulge in a few sweet treats here and there, it’s crucial to remember that sugary foods and drinks can increase your risk of tooth decay. To help mitigate this risk, try to limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks, and opt for healthier alternatives when possible. For example, instead of sipping on a sugary drink, consider drinking a glass of water or a cup of unsweetened tea. Additionally, consider incorporating more fruits, vegetables, and other sources of calcium into your diet, as these can help strengthen your teeth and keep them healthy.

Regular dental check-ups

Another important aspect of taking care of your teeth at Christmas is keeping up with regular dental check-ups and cleanings. Many people put off their dental appointments during the holiday season due to busy schedules, but it’s important to remember that regular dental check-ups and cleanings can help prevent serious dental problems from developing. During a dental check-up, your dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and mouth for any signs of decay, gum disease, or other issues. They may also take x-rays to help detect any issues that may not be visible to the naked eye. If your dentist does find any problems, they will work with you to develop a treatment plan to address them.

Our dental experts are completely aware of the stresses that Christmas can bring. If a trip to the dentist is also scheduled, many patients will feel a level of dental anxiety. Etwall Dental Practice has developed contingencies to help nervous patients feel as at ease as possible. Prior to your visit to the practice, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our receptionists, who will talk you through how we help make patients comfortable.

In addition to regular check-ups and cleanings, it’s also a good idea to keep an eye out for any potential dental emergencies that may arise during the holiday season. For example, if you crack a tooth while enjoying a holiday feast, you’ll want to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent further damage. Similarly, if you experience tooth pain or sensitivity, it’s important to have it evaluated by a dentist, as this could be a sign of a more serious issue that needs to be addressed.

Dental emergencies

Finally, taking care of your teeth at Christmas is also about being mindful of your overall oral health. This includes staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, and avoiding tobacco and alcohol as much as possible. These behaviours can all impact your oral health, so it’s important to prioritise them during the Christmas period.

In conclusion, taking care of your teeth at Christmas is an important aspect of maintaining overall oral health and well-being. By following a regular oral hygiene routine, being mindful of the types of foods and drinks you consume, keeping up with regular dental check-ups and cleanings, being prepared for dental emergencies, and prioritising overall oral health, you can ensure that your teeth stay healthy and strong throughout the holiday season and beyond.

At Etwall Dental Practice, your oral health is our number one priority. We’d encourage all patients to continue adhering to their dental appointments. For anyone suffering with dental anxiety, we ensure strict measures are followed to make every patient feel as comfortable as possible.

If you feel as though you may require dental treatment or are concerned with your health care, please get in touch with us via phone on 01283 733391 or fill out our contact form and a member of the team will get back to you to discuss treatment options.

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Christmas Opening Times

Contact Numbers 2023

Christmas Opening Times & Contact Numbers 2023

Friday 22nd December - Normal Opening times

Weekend Closed - Closed Emergency Number 111

Bank Holiday Monday 25th & Tuesday 26th December - Closed Emergency Number 111

Wednesday 27th December – Normal opening hours

Thursday 28th December Normal opening hours

Friday 29th December - Normal opening hours

Weekend Closed - Closed Emergency Number 111

Monday 1st January 2024 Closed Emergency Number 111

Tuesday 2nd January 2023– Normal working hours

*** Please be advised to call the practice early morning for emergency appointments ***

Kunal & his team would like thank patients for their continued support over the last year

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year from Etwall Dental Practice