Christmas Dinner

Posted by Default Admin on 24 November 2015

As December approaches, many of you may already be planning the Christmas dinner. Will it be turkey, goose or venison? How much cranberry sauce is needed? Do you really need brussels sprouts? However, what do you need to know about the traditional Christmas dinner and its effects on your oral health? Here, we journey through some traditional items and assess their impact on your oral health.

  • Turkey

As a good source of protein, this is a great choice. Protein contains phosphorus, which, when mixed with calcium and vitamin D, will create strong teeth. 

  • Cranberry sauce

Compounds in cranberry actually help defend your teeth from plaque by interfering with the ability of bacteria in your mouth to stick to your teeth. As well as this, they contain vitamin C, vitamin A, beta-carotene, lutein, folate, potassium and manganese.

  • Vegetables

Brussels sprouts, carrots, broccoli... No Christmas meal is complete without a good helping of vegetables. The good news is that these contain nutrients and fibre to ensure that you are keeping your body in tip-top condition. Fibre stimulates the flow of saliva which defends your teeth from cavities. The nutrients help keep your teeth strong.

  • Christmas pudding

The key ingredient in this dessert to look out for is sugar. Because sugar is a source of energy, bacteria in the mouth will feed off them and release acid as they do so, which will weaken your tooth enamel.

  • Wine

Red wine has the potential to stain your teeth. The acidic nature of wine may also soften your tooth enamel, leaving your teeth more prone to decay. Alcohol also dries out the mouth, so inhibiting the production of saliva.

Christmas comes but once a year so it's fine to indulge. However, take care to protect your teeth by keeping up with regular brushing and if you have any concerns, book an appointment to see your dentist.