The Christmas period is a time that most of us look forward to eagerly​. Enjoying a few days of rest with our loved-ones is not something that happens often in the year, meaning that we all approach the festive season with enthusiasm and expectation.

Although it’s true that the Christmas period is a time to relax, to switch off, to stock up on energy so that you can return to work with your batteries charged, as a specialist in dental health I must warn you of the downside: ​the most common excesses and bad habits at Christmastime.

Here are ​5 tips ​you can follow if you want to keep your teeth in perfect health:

  • Don’t eat too many sweet foods​. I wouldn’t dare to tell you not to eat sweets; however, it is advisable not to eat too many. Turron, chocolates and puddings are ubiquitous in all family meals and we all know they’re hard to resist. Eating a moderate quantity of these sweet things and opting for products with less sugar is the best solution. If you eat sweet foods between meals, try to brush your teeth afterwards. It doesn’t matter how many times you brush your teeth in a day.
  • Watch the soft drinks.​ Just like sweet foods, sugary drinks are a Christmas classic. As I said above, it’s important to consume them in moderation.
  • Careful with the alcohol.​ Being moments of celebration, it’s common to drink wine with lunch and dinner. Like tobacco, alcohol stains your teeth and has a negative effect on tooth enamel.
  • Don’t forget your dental hygiene.​ Brushing your teeth 3 times a day is a basic task you mustn’t forget during the Christmas period. Family lunches and dinners tend to last for longer, making it easy to forget that you need to brush your teeth.
  • Think about those temperature changes. ​If anything stands out at these Christmas events it’s the amount of food we eat. Among so many dishes, it’s common to alternate between hot and cold dishes and your teeth may suffer from the change (dental sensitivity). Try to wait a little between eating very hot and very cold food, and vice-versa.

We tend to change the way we eat and live over the Christmas period, but that doesn’t mean throwing all your good habits out the window. I firmly believe that these 5 tips are essential to guarantee that you can enjoy the Christmas period without affecting your dental health.

I personally ​wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2020. Here’s to a New Year full of dental health! ​