Prosecco, mulled wine, and colourful cocktails are set to be weekly staples as Christmas party season approaches. While these drinks are by no means overflowing with healthy benefits, some are better than others when it comes to oral health.
The team of in-house dentists at teeth whitening brand White Glo have put together a guide on the best and worst drinks for teeth this Christmas, with tips to maintain good oral health throughout the festivities.
Gin and tonic is on the menu this season, for more reason than one, but the dentists advise to strike rum and coke off the list. The low acidity levels in a G&T mean it is far less likely to damage the tooth enamel and adding ice will further reduce acidity. However, the combination of dark rum and sugar filled coke is a concoction best avoided.
When it comes to wine, the darker and more pigmented it is, the more likely it is to leave you with a magenta hued smile. The cracks in enamel allow the pigmentation to settle on teeth and soak your smile after just a few sips.
While a warm cup of mulled wine may be the perfect addition to a cosy night in, opting for hot chocolate will save the inevitable stains. Making a milky hot chocolate will also strengthen teeth and better protect them against decay. Just skip the marshmallows!