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Smart Dental Tips For The Festive Period

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Smart Dental Tips For The Festive Period

23 December 2023

As the festive season rolls around, our schedules fill with joyous celebrations, family gatherings, and indulgent meals. Yet, amid the merriment, it’s essential to be mindful of our oral health. The abundance of sugary treats, rich foods, and alcoholic beverages during this time can take a toll on our teeth. However, fear not! With a few smart dental tips, you can enjoy the festive feasts while also protecting your precious pearly whites.

Understanding the Impact of Festive Foods on Dental Health

The Christmas season often brings forth an array of delectable delights, including sugary sweets, starchy foods, acidic drinks, and more. Indulging in these treats excessively can contribute to dental decay, enamel erosion, and heightened sensitivity. The sugars and acids present in many festive foods create an ideal environment for harmful bacteria to thrive, leading to cavities and other dental issues.

Navigating Christmas Dinner for Dental Health

Minding the Sugary Treats

Solution: Enjoy sweets and desserts in moderation. Opt for sugar-free alternatives where possible. Rinse your mouth with water after consuming sweets to minimise the sugar’s effects on your teeth.

Protecting Teeth from Starchy Foods

Solution: Starchy foods like potatoes and bread can break down into sugars, leading to bacterial growth. Pair these items with fibrous vegetables like broccoli or carrots to help clean your teeth naturally. Additionally, drink water to help wash away food particles and sugars.

Tackling Acidic Drinks

Solution: While enjoying acidic beverages like wine or fizzy drinks, use a straw to minimise contact with your teeth. Alternating with water can also help neutralise the acids and reduce their impact on your tooth enamel.

Nourishing Dental Health with Nutrient-Rich Foods

Solution: Incorporate foods rich in calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins into your festive meals. Cheese, nuts, leafy greens, and dairy products can strengthen your teeth and protect against decay.

Being Mindful of Alcohol Consumption

Solution: Alcohol can dehydrate your mouth, reducing saliva production and increasing the risk of tooth decay. Moderation is key. Consume water between alcoholic beverages to stay hydrated and help mitigate the drying effects.

Post-Dinner Dental Care Routine

After enjoying your Christmas dinner, follow these tips to maintain optimal oral health:

Brushing Teeth

Wait at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing to allow your enamel to remineralize. Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush to clean your teeth thoroughly.

Flossing Teeth

Don’t forget to floss! It helps remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth, preventing decay and gum disease.


Consider using an alcohol-free mouthwash to further clean your mouth and kill bacteria.

The festive period is a time for celebration and indulgence, but it doesn’t have to mean neglecting your dental health. By being mindful of what you consume and adopting smart dental practices, you can savour the flavours of the season while safeguarding your smile. Remember, moderation, oral hygiene, and a few simple precautions can go a long way in preserving your teeth during this joyous time of year.

This Christmas, let’s raise a toast to good oral health alongside the festive cheer. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year from all at Etwall Dental Practice.

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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