We all look forward to Christmas, a very special time in which we gather as a family to give us gifts, share long tables, sing Christmas carols and taste the typical delicacies of these dates. These are days of excesses, family reunions and routine changes, included in the routine of our dental hygiene.
At Christmas we should take special care of our mouth, since they increase both the frequency with which we eat and the amounts we eat. In addition, most of the food we drink contain high doses of sugar, harmful to our enamel and prone to caries.
If to all the mentioned we add that the time that we habitually invest in our dental hygiene diminishes, the probability that the bacteria increase and can lead to decay increases,” Chavez warned.
PRODUCTS WITH HIGH DOSES OF SUGAR
There are many products that we do not test during the year but that we consume in excess at Christmas time. One of them is nougat, whether soft, hard, chocolate, fruit … All classes contain a large amount of sugar. The same goes for polvorones, marzipan, sweets, chocolates and other chocolate products typical of these dates.
Special mention for hard nougat or Alicante, which despite being one of the lowest in sugar, its consistency could fracture a tooth when biting. We must be careful, especially if we carry some type of orthodontics, fillings or fillings, since their hardness can damage or break them, in addition to causing inflammations in our gums.
Another great source of sugars is alcoholic beverages, from cava and champagne to white wine, spirits and other distillates. Its consumption increases during these dates, as do coffee, tea and infusions. Drinks that, in addition, we used to sweeten, thus increasing the risk of wear our enamel and the appearance of decay.
LESS HARMFUL ALTERNATIVES
At this time it is very difficult to resist sweets, drinks and typical foods, but you can lean towards those that are less harmful to your dental health. In the case of nougat, you can choose to eat dark chocolate (70%), which contains antioxidant or cardio protective properties. With the rest of the sweets, choose the soft and not at all sticky, and those of chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa.
In the case of alcoholic beverages, the best remedy is to consume them in moderation. If you love wine, opt for red wine, which is the least aggressive for tooth enamel and cement.