Christmas Increases Risk Of Dental Problems

July 19, 2017 by Dr David Bloom

Dental Health

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Higher Sugar Consumption at Christmas Can Lead to Cavities

Before and After Perfect Smile Cosmetic DentistryThe Christmas holidays are not just a time for getting together with your loved ones.

It is also a time when many people indulge in food and drinks, but sadly also neglect their dental health.

It is estimated that around Christmas, people tend to consume around 25% more sugar than at any other time of the year.

As many as 10% of Britons are expected to eat twice as much sugar for Christmas and New Year as usual, according to a poll carried out by oral and dental health products manufacturer TePe revealed.

Adding this to the fact that three-quarters of consumers are not going to change their brushing habits despite frequent snacking, it is clear that many people’s teeth will be put at a higher risk of developing cavities and gum disease.

Women are more prone to binging on sweets during the festive period, with almost a quarter of female respondents estimating that they will consume up to 50% more sugary foods and drinks than usual.

In terms of regional differences, consumers in Scotland are the most likely to change their eating habits, with 12% admitting they are going to eat twice the amount of sugar they typically do.

People tend to overindulge in Alcohol as well over Christmas. See how alcohol is damaging your teeth and gums.

The problem is that in the New Year, many people will take care of their slightly expanded waistlines.

However, the damage caused to their dental health as a result of increased sugar consumption is likely to go unnoticed until real problems occur, TePe pointed out.

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