Boxing Day has always been about relaxing after a long hard day of eating and celebrating, whether this involves just lazing on the sofa watching the Boxing Day film, eating turkey sandwiches or finishing off the last of the sherry and wine.
But many doctors and dentists are now warning of the dangers of over indulging over the Christmas period and Boxing Day in particular. While we all want to relax and unwind over Christmas and New Year, all you have to do is think of some of the food and drink that is regularly eaten over Christmas to realise the effect it could have on oral health. Things such as sugar canes, mince pies, sherry and wine can all have a profound impact on our oral health, causing a build-up of plaque and harmful bacteria, as well as staining teeth.
While doctors and Hounslow dentists advise people to be more aware of the dangers of over indulgence at Christmas, they also know people are sure to eat more than just sprouts – which is why you shouldn’t forget to visit your dentist for a dental cleaning.
There are, however, a number of alternatives that can be eaten and drank over Christmas and New Year. Drinking red wine over white can go a long way to preventing damage, as white wine has been found to be very acidic, wearing away tooth enamel.
As far as indulgent snacks and other foods go, top teeth busters are things such as mince pies, Christmas pudding and trifle. While we all enjoy the odd sweet food during Christmas the ingredients used in these foods can be extremely harmful to your oral health, not to mention the calories causing harm to your waistline!
So this Christmas, just take into consideration how much you are consuming and make sure you maintain a good oral hygiene routine, to rid your teeth of the turkey, mince pies, trifle, sherry, Christmas pudding and selection box treats.
The Sparkle team are here if you need a dental cleaning after all the festivities are over.
Sparkle Dental Boutique 311 Boston Road Hanwell, Ealing London, W7 2AT
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