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Looking After Your Teeth This Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, everyone is ready for the festivities to  get underway. Which happens to include indulging on sweets, champagne, fruit cakes, chocolates and other treats. Constant snacking and drinking unfortunately makes a miserable time for your teeth! This means it is important to be extra vigilant with your oral health over the Christmas period. 


Here are a few ways to look after those pearly whites this Christmas!


  • Beware of what you're eating - Mince pies, Christmas cake and pudding are all filled with dried fruit, which happens to be high in sugar. These kinds of foods stick to teeth and cause damage.
  • Don't ditch the routine - The worst thing you can do is wrap up your oral hygiene routine on Christmas eve for a few days. Teeth take a bit of hammering over the Christmas holidays with all the alcohol and sugary foods consumed. So, If a Christmas snooze on the couch is more your thing, then remember to brush your teeth before you head to bed.
  • Say cheese! - Cheese is great for teeth. It helps to return the mouth to its natural acid  balance and helps reduce the chance of developing tooth decay.
  • Moderation is key - Moderation is definitely the most important thing to remember. In order to ensure you fully enjoy this time of year without having to compromise on what you eat and drink, bear in mind it is not how much sugary food and drink you have, it is how often you have it.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas from all of us here at Spit Road Dental.

Ian, The Mosman Dentist. Dentist Mosman.

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Why Fluoride Is Important For Your Teeth

Fluoride is a mineral found in food, water, plants and toothpaste. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and drinking fluoridated water helps to protect teeth against decay.

Fluoride is a mineral found naturally in rock, air, soil, plants and water. All fresh and sea water contains some fluoride.

 

Many foods and drinks naturally contain fluoride. It is also added to:

  • Drinking water, where fluoride is added to the local water supply
  • Fluoride toothpastes, gels and mouth rinses

      Fluoride is helpful because it:

  • Helps protect against tooth decay in children and adults
  • Repairs weak spots that could become cavities on the surface of the tooth
  • Reduces the amount of money people need to spend on dental treatment


Tooth decay occurs when acid attacks the surface of the tooth. Fluoride helps repair any damage before it becomes serious. A constant low-level supply of fluoride is best for this. Fluoride in your drinking water is like a constant ‘repair kit’ for your teeth.

Ian, the Mosman dentist. Dentist Mosman.

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