The festive season can be a very busy time. Many of us stay up later than usual to enjoy the company of those we love. Being tired from all the festive activities, or feeling under-the-weather because of too much egg nog, might sabotage good habits, such as dental hygiene. It becomes tempting to drop into bed each night without attending to brushing and flossing.
If there was ever a time to kick yourself in the butt and “Just Do It” (as Nike so profoundly puts it), then Christmas time is it. Think of all of the food you have consumed all day long as well. Now think of everything you have had to drink. If you consumed anything but water or plain milk, your teeth are at risk.
If you’ve been consuming alcohol or smoking, your mouth might also experience dryness. There isn’t as much protective saliva present to neutralise acids and dilute sugars.
Now think of all of the acidic, sugary residue and germs on your teeth that will remain there, festering in the dark, warm, moist confines of your closed mouth for the next 6-8 hours.
You’re never going to put off brushing at night again now, are you?