Sugar free Christmas pudding with holly sprig on top

Five sugar-free recipes for a tooth-friendly Christmas

The festive season is almost upon us, and it’s time to start thinking about all the delicious treats that are central to the celebrations at this time of year.

While Christmas is undoubtedly a time for indulgence, there’s no getting away from the fact it’s often far from the most tooth-friendly holiday season. In fact, Britons regularly consume 5x their recommended daily sugar allowance on the 25th of December - a worrying statistic if you’re conscious of managing your sugar intake throughout the year.

While we wouldn’t dream of suggesting cutting out sweet treats entirely from your festive celebrations, it’s worth remembering that delicious holiday treats and desserts don’t need to be packed with sugar to be indulgent.

We’ve selected five sugar free Christmas recipes - some of them tried-and-tested festive favourites - for you to share with your loved ones this year. Have a go at making them yourself, and give your teeth a Christmas present they’ll be thankful for.  

Maintaining your oral health throughout the year

Good dental health isn’t just for Christmas, keeping your teeth and gums in check should be a part of your daily self-care routine. Let’s take a closer look at some oral health essentials.

Watch what you eat

It’s no secret that sugar is bad for your dental health, but that doesn’t mean you have to cut it out completely. Healthcare professionals recommend keeping sugar consumption below 5% of your daily energy intake - that means around a maximum of 30g of sugar per day for adults.1

Snacking is also best avoided, as it will increase the amount of contact your teeth have with food between brushing. When food particles get stuck between your teeth or coat the surface of your teeth, they feed the bacteria that can lead to cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. Stick to three main meals a day, and if you feel the need to snack between mealtimes, opt for teeth-healthy treats like crunchy raw fruit and vegetables.

Take care of your oral health with regular dentist check-ups

Looking after your teeth at home is a great foundation for good oral health, but it’s also really important to regularly see a dentist and dental hygienist. They’ll check your mouth is healthy, spot any early warning signs of tooth decay or more serious issues like oral cancer, and provide tailored treatments and oral health advice.

Want to commit to regular and affordable dentist and dental hygienist appointments? Bupa Smile Plan allows you to spread the cost of scheduled appointments with manageable monthly bite-sized payments. Your Bupa Smile Plan will include a set number of dentist and hygienist appointments, as well as X-rays (if clinically necessary) and discounts on other treatments and procedures.

Find out more about Bupa Smile Plan online or visit your nearest participating practice today.

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