The CB12 White team admits Christmas can be tough on oral health, but help is at hand…in its own words
Even if someone didn’t need to lose weight before slipping into their Christmas party outfit, at this time of year, social gatherings are full of high-fat, high-sugar options. If they drink alcohol, consumption will go up over the festive season. Post-party hangovers are soothed with comfort food, and they may find it hard to resist festive beverages offered by high-street coffee chains, which are often loaded with cream and syrup.
None of this is great news for oral health, however, nearly half UK adults feel unhappy about the state of their teeth all year round. According to an Oral Health Foundation survey earlier this year, 48% of us are embarrassed about our teeth, with discolouration cited as the main reason for unhappiness.
Dark drinks, such as mulled wine, can stain the teeth as can cola, coffee, and tea. And alcohol has its own special side effects. Because alcohol is a diuretic one of its most noticeable after-effects after overindulgence is dehydration, which can lead to oral discomfort as well as malodorous (bad) breath. Some drinks, such as strong spirits, have a more noticeable smell than others that will linger in the mouth long after the party has finished.
People know that a clean, fresh smile makes a great first impression. A genuine, or Duchenne smile, which raises the cheeks as well as the corners of the mouth, makes everyone look more attractive and approachable. A smile can help establish relationships and plays a crucial role in social bonding. If an individual can smile naturally and with confidence, this will also trigger the release of endorphins that can help to bust any Christmas-related stress.
For dentists trying to improve their patients’ oral health for 12 months of the year, changes are needed that will last through the build-up to the party season and beyond. These changes may be small, but they will be significant and have the potential to improve general health, so try to ensure your patients’ daily oral health routine is working as hard as it can to protect against decay and bad breath.
Check their brushing technique is correct and recommend they supplement a good brushing regime with a scientifically proven mouthwash. For example, CB12 White not only rinses away debris and effectively neutralises bad breath, but its patented formula lifts tooth stains and prevents new ones from developing. When used twice a day for two weeks, your patients will see an improvement in the appearance of their smile, as well as enjoying the reassurance of pleasant smelling breath.
During the festive season, people often find themselves eating and drinking more and indulging in bad habits. This can impact on their physical appearance, wellbeing, general, and oral health. Introducing small changes for the better can have a significant impact, so they can enjoy looking and feeling their very best not just at Christmas, but all year round.
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