Top tips to help you avoid a dental disaster this Christmas

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Let's face it, one of the reasons we love Christmas so much is because its a food and booze free for all with almost 0% guilt. We all over indulge during the festive period but that can be murder on our teeth, especially acidic citrus fruits, staining red wines and endless chocolate biscuits.

But don't panic! You can still look after your pearly whites and eat to your heart's content...as long as you make sure you're eating these five mouth friendly foods.

Take a look below to see the top five tooth friendly foods and the evil treats that will cause your teeth to fall out (eventually)...

The Good

Cheese: Christmas isn't complete without a decent cheeseboard, so as you're tucking into a chunk of cheddar you'll be pleased to know that not only is it rich in calcium, which promotes healthy teeth, it also balances out the PH in your mouth which lessens the damaging effects of acid from a festive glass of wine.

Nuts: Peanuts (unsalted if possible) contain calcium and vitamin D, both vital for oral health as well as your general health. Walnuts, which are often used in puddings and cakes, also contain zinc fibre, folic acid, iron, thiamine, magnesium, vitamin E & B6, potassium and zinc – which play an important role in keeping our teeth and gums healthy.

Broccoli: Christmas lunch is always packed with vegetables but broccoli and carrots in particular are great for your oral health as they contain vitamin A which help strengthens the tooth enamel.

Raw dippers: Crudités promote good oral health because, as they are eaten raw, they massage your gums, which encourage blood flow and cleans your teeth naturally. Tomato salsa or sour cream optional.

Turkey: The humble turkey provides us with a great source of protein, which is rich in phosphorus. This combines with calcium and vitamin D to make our teeth (and bones). By eating plenty of protein you will help reduce tooth decay and keep your teeth strong and healthy.

The Bad

Wine: We all love a glass of wine or two at Christmas, but white wine can be very acidic and contribute to enamel erosion, try drinking it just during your main meal, as drinking little and often is far worse than drinking once a day. Red wine can also increase the risk of staining, especially if you forget to brush your teeth.

Processed cereals: Breakfast may not be the most important meal when it comes to the festive season, but if you're looking to grab something quick and easy to set you up for the day try to avoid processed cereals as you'll be amazed at how much sugar they're harbouring. Either clean your teeth before you eat or half an hour after, to avoid damaging your enamel.

And The Ugly

Sweets, biscuits and cakes: Although the endless supply of chocolate and puddings is soooo tempting, try to keep them to a minimum as sugars are a prime cause of dental decay.

Fizzy drinks: If you like a bit of fizz in your soft drinks or mixers why not opt for soda water. Fizzy drinks are loaded with sugar and even sugar-free or diet drinks are still acidic, which can cause tooth enamel to erode away. But, if you can't resist them, use a straw as this will lessen direct contact with your teeth.

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