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Merry Christmas from all the team at Underwood Dental Care

The year’s flown by and Christmas is just around the corner. With twelve sleeps to go, we will be looking forward to all kinds of feasting- cakes, chocolates, lollies etc.

The festive season is a time when people often eat more sugar and more frequently than at any other time of the year. And being a dental blog, I should point out that there can be some serious problems for teeth unless sensible and straightforward steps are taken.

Chocolates, lollies and sweets are high in sugar, which can often stick onto tooth surfaces especially in between your teeth. For that reason, amongst all the business of christmas parties, preparations etc, let’s not forget to brush and floss our teeth.

Constantly grazing on sugary snacks will also result in an acidic oral environment which would allow decay-causing bacteria to grow and advance more quickly. It is therefore vital to regularly drink water or chew sugar free gum to buffer the acid production.

Fizzy drinks such as champagne, soft drinks and juices are high in acid. Constant sipping of these drinks can result in softening of enamel resulting in increased tooth wear and sensitivity. Keeping these drinks to a low and buffering them out with water regularly is usually a good idea!

I don’t try to be a kill joy over the holiday season; but looking after your teeth can often be at the bottom of the priority list in a busy period… it is simply my job to remind you :)

Merry Christmas everyone, and have a Happy new year!