Eat, drink, be merry and follow these top tips to help keep your mouth healthy this Christmas and all year round:

 

1. Brush before breakfast - You've got up at a ridiculous hour to squeeze the turkey into you oven. The children are still asleep so it's the perfect time to brush your teeth without interruption. Brushing before breakfast means that they teeth have not been exposed to any sugar or acid attacks and will help protect you for the day ahead.

 

2. Drink through a straw - Many of us are partial to a drink at Christmas, sugary or alcoholic drinks though can be extremely harmful to our teeth; causing tooth decay and erosion. Drinking through a straw can help bypass the teeth and you still get to enjoy your favourite festive tipple.

 

3. Chew sugar-free gum - After eating or drinking anything acidic it can take an hour for your mouth to return to its natural state. Chewing sugar-free gum encourages saliva production which helps this happen quicker, reducing acid attack on our teeth. It also means you have fresh breath when you get caught under the mistletoe for that cheeky kiss.

 

4. Wait an hour to brush - You have finished your ambitious sized Christmas dinner the Queen has appeared on your TV and you have fallen into a ‘food coma'. This is the perfect time to give your mouth a break. Brushing your teeth within an hour can brush away tiny particles of enamel, leading to eventual dental erosion. So wait until you wake up to give your teeth a brush and then get on with the celebrations.

 

5. Don't rinse, spit! - After you have brushed your teeth rinsing your mouth out with water can rinse away the protective fluoride from your toothpaste. Don't rinse, just spit to make sure you get the full benefit and bring a smile to your face this Christmas.

 

And a tip from Denplan: although a soft drink might seem like a healthier, non-alcoholic option this Christmas, many are highly acidic, or loaded with decay-causing sugar.  Why not try a refreshing iced water flavoured with slices of fresh cucumber and mint leaves for a tooth-friendly alternative.