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Tips for dental health over the holidays
Updated: 12/8/2008 8:00:26 PM

Tips for dental health over the holidays Do you want to enjoy the holiday season without endangering your dental health?

A Glasgow dentist gave the Scottish Daily Record some tips that the average person can take to combine dental care with festive fun.

Dr Ambigai Jeyabalan suggested that although many people consume a lot of sweet treats around Christmas, people can counteract the negative effects with a combination of dental hygiene and common sense.

She advised patients to steer clear of carbonated beverages, sodas and fruit juices, as well as snacks that stick to teeth or may upset the pH balance of the mouth - which may lead to tooth decay.

People should also try to carry an extra toothbrush in their bag when they go out to parties and make sure they brush their teeth before bed, Jayablan said.

"I am no killjoy, but looking after your teeth can often be forgotten during a prolonged period of festivities," she explained.

Some dental experts have suggested that when indulging in sugary snacks, it is better to consume a lot in a short period then to space out your snacking - because this limits the teeth's exposure to decay-causing acids.

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