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How to protect your teeth during the festive season

By Cover Media via Reuters Connect

Protect your teeth during party season
The season of celebration is fun, but there are some habits that could put our teeth at risk.

As we approach the festive season, it is likely that you are consuming more sugar, which could result in tooth decay.

During the festive period, many of us will be indulging in sugar-filled food and drinks, such as prosecco, which can do a huge amount of damage to your pearly whites if you don’t look after them properly.

Dr Sahil Patel, founder of Marylebone Smile Clinic, has revealed how prosecco can be damaging to your teeth.

“Prosecco poses a unique problem in that it is a relatively sweet tasting, ubiquitous, affordable, high sugar, acidic and carbonated drink,” the expert explains. “All these aspects make it extremely popular and accessible in large amounts for everyone. It has now become the sole drink for some during celebrations.”

Dr Sahil states that the “constant sugar exposure” in your mouth can cause tooth decay, which could result in you needing fillings or other dental procedures in the future.

“If you want to enjoy a festive tipple, I recommend drinking a clear liquor which is less acidic and contains less sugars which in turn, will cause less damage to your teeth,” Dr Sahil adds.

The dental professional has provided additional tips for looking after your teeth during the festive season.

The Christmas rush

If you need to make an appointment with your dentist, it is important to book ahead to ensure you get a slot.

The expert recommends, “Get ahead and book your appointments/treatments around September or January when there is lots of availability.”

Sticky tape

Many of us are guilty of using our teeth to cut sticky tape, but this can cause damage such as chips.

“A short and focused contact between the top and bottom set of teeth can cause micro-fractures, chips and accelerate long-term wear,” Dr Sahil warns.

Oral hygiene

The expert also warned against using any dental hygiene tools “that claim to replace the input from a healthcare professional”.

Dr Sahil explains, “A rule of thumb is to avoid everything other than toothbrushes, floss, interdental brushes, water picks and toothpaste, unless under the guidance of a professional.”

Party tricks

It is best to stay away from any party tricks that involve your teeth as you could seriously damage them.

“Bottle opening using teeth is still a commonly performed feat,” Dr Sahil says. “Needless to say we do not recommend it!”


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