3 expert tips so your teeth don't suffer this Christmas (why they do)

Christmas can be a tough test not only for our waistline, but also for our oral health. The continuous snacking, the meals that are prolonged, the greater intake of Christmas sweets and not maintaining the usual oral hygiene routines can lead to cavities. In addition, our table is filled with especially "dangerous" foods for the good maintenance of fillings, gums and orthodontics due to their sticky (in the case of sweets), hard or fibrous textures. Even so, it is possible to take certain precautions to avoid these problems and with the help of dra Patricia Bratos, orthodontist and co-founder of the Madrid Ferrus & Bratos Dental Clinic We are going to give you the keys to get to 2021 with a movie smile.

Key 1 to take care of your teeth at Christmas: don't forget your toothbrush

It is important that you do not relax your customs simply because it is Christmas. “You have to brush after meals whenever you can, taking a brush in your bag or, if brushing is not possible, chew gum with xylitol at the end of them. Chewing gum with xylitol helps reduce the incidence of cavities because it lowers the acidity of the mouth and promotes salivary secretion, protecting us from cavities and bacteria ”, explains the dra Patricia bratos.

Key 2 to take care of your teeth at Christmas: be careful what you eat

The nougat, the extra sticky sweets, the loin slices, the "good" ham, those seafood legs … In case of wearing orthodontics, you must be cautious when biting some of these foods so that a bracket does not come off or the arch is broken. Hard foods are also a problem for people who suffer from bruxism (who grind their teeth at night) as well as those that force us to make big mouth openings because it overloads the masseter muscles even more which results in pain. Therefore, if you suffer from bruxism and want a piece of roscón, better eat it in pieces with a knife and fork and not in bites.

But, in reality, the recommendation that we have to be careful with what we eat should be taken into account by all. "If we do not have a dental appliance, we must be aware of eliminating the remains of food that remain in the interdental spaces (between tooth and tooth) and not bite with excessive force to avoid the fracture of a piece ”, warns the doctor.

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And if we have problems with the gums, the high consumption of foods with a lot of sugar and the longer duration of the meals, in addition to the composition of the same, can be a problem if hygiene is not extreme after eating. Using the toothbrush and interproximal brushes after each intake is a priority in this case.

Key 3 to take care of your teeth at Christmas: your mouth is not a nutcracker

Teeth are not tools. In these dates it is very common to cut a piece of tape with your teeth to wrap gifts or trying to "open" food with your mouth. Although these practices should be avoided all year long, Christmas is a more conducive time to do this. As with the seafood tongs we should use a nutcracker, it is better to use a suitable tool to cut heat … everything is for not opening the year by visiting the dentist's emergency room.

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