Top Tips for Enjoying Better Oral Health This Christmas

The holidays can get busy, but it is possible to maintain a healthy smile with these easy tips.

Eat Plenty of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Tasty fresh fruits and veggies are everywhere and are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and other essential nutrients. Additionally, chewing crisp fruits and vegetables can help to scrub away some plaque from teeth.

Quit Smoking

This year, make sure you stick to your New Year’s resolution to quit, and your teeth will love you. Smokers are more likely to develop gum disease and cavities, and the risk of oral cancer is higher.

Don’t Drink Too Much Alcohol

Alcohol can negatively impact oral health, drying your mouth and increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Also, when you drink too much, you are less likely to brush your teeth regularly.

Brush Twice Daily and Floss Once Daily

A regular brushing and flossing routine is so simple and quick and helps protect your teeth against dental disease. You only need to spend a few minutes each day caring for your teeth and having a healthy mouth protects your overall health too. If you’re not sure you are brushing and flossing correctly, we’d love to help you. We can show you lots of easy techniques to brush and floss thoroughly.

My Elf on the Shelf – Our How-to-Guide for Santa’s Little Helper

Elf on the Shelf has become a well-established tradition in many families since the book was published in 2005. The Elf hides in a new spot each day, waiting for kids to find him, and he returns to the North Pole each night to report on his family’s behaviour.

Welcoming Your Elf

Usually, the Elf puts in his first appearance on the 1st December, and it is a nice idea to give him a proper welcome with a special North Pole breakfast. His arrival is your opportunity to get creative, perhaps have him parachute down from a light fitting, complete with his note from Santa. Don’t forget to write a note from your Elf to your kids or look online as there are lots of printable notes that will save time.

Hiding Your Elf Each Night

It is up to you as to how creative you want to become. Some parents plan a month of hiding places or scenes, and there are downloadable calendars online. Others hide the Elf somewhere new each night without any planning. Possible activities for your Elf include zip lining, using a piece of string and clothes pegs. Perhaps he will roll downstairs in a toilet roll. You could dress up the Elf as your child’s favourite superhero. Maybe he likes fishing for goldfish crackers or set him up to play a game with a favourite stuffed animal. An idea we especially like is setting him up in the bathroom, just about to brush his teeth!

How to Protect Your Holiday Smile

This holiday season, make it your mission to protect your smile with these easy ideas.

Carol When Cleaning Your Teeth

Creates a playlist of your family’s favourite holiday songs or hum a carol while you brush your teeth. Usually, these songs are about two minutes long which is perfect for ensuring you brush teeth thoroughly. You get extra points for being nice to your teeth if you include another song for flossing.

Don’t Open Your Presents with Your Teeth

A surprising number of people crack or chip teeth while opening Christmas presents or using their teeth as tools. It’s much easier and cheaper to spend the extra few seconds fetching the proper tools.

Make a Welcome Gift Basket for Houseguests

Many people have guests to stay, and nothing is more welcoming than a personalised gift basket. Include items like favourite snacks or cosy socks, and a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss make an especially thoughtful touch. These items are frequently forgotten when travelling.

Whiten Your Teeth with Lipstick!

If you didn’t have time to whiten your teeth professionally before the holidays, use a pink or red lipstick with a blue undertone that will help make your teeth look instantly brighter and whiter.

Finally, don’t forget to make your oral hygiene routine a priority as it only takes a few minutes each day to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly.