Healthy tooth-friendly eating and oral hygiene are the aspects of oral care, which suffer the most during periods of festivities, according to DentaVox survey “Oral Care During the Holidays”.
For the majority of respondents, unhealthy diet has the most negative influence on their oral health. With 54% of respondents saying that people forget about healthy eating during the holidays, it seems that resisting the temptations of festive meals is rather challenging. Christmas is recognized as the most harmful holiday for teeth, outranking even the sweet Halloween.
In addition, one in three survey participants believe that the festive season takes its toll on taking proper care of one’s teeth. For nearly 25% of respondents, skipping or neglecting hygiene routines is the single most negative effect of holidays on oral health.
In what other ways do holidays disrupt oral care? Discover more curious details in the infographic below:
- What’s the strongest negative influence of holidays on teeth;
- What’s the impact of holidays eating;
- Which is the most harmful holiday for oral health?
Strongest negative influence
According to most survey participants, keeping a healthy diet during holidays is highly challenging. Thus, enjoying unhealthy holiday treats seems to have the most negative influence on teeth for the majority of them. And that’s no surprise, isn’t it? Festive menus all around the globe are often full of sweet delicacies, special drinks and more frequent and plentiful meals.
Another aspect with negative influence on oral health is the closure of dental offices during the festive season, according to 21% of respondents. Indeed, longer periods of unavailable dental care may cause postponement or interruption of a much needed dental treatment.
Good oral hygiene seems to suffer as well. The survey results indicate that festive celebrations disrupt the daily routines and make it easier to skip or ignore proper teeth cleaning. 36% of respondents claim that the holidays have an adverse effect on oral hygiene. Moreover, for 21% of survey participants it is the most negatively impacted area of oral health. Future research can look into more details which hygiene routines are disregarded most frequently – morning or evening routines, brushing, flossing or rinsing with mouthwash, less time for routines, etc.
Impact of holiday eating
According to 48% of respondents, people overlook healthy eating during festive celebrations.
Furthermore, the majority of survey participants find their holiday diet less healthy than what they eat on regular days.
These findings are rather anticipated in view of the content and quantity of typical festive meals. While traditional meals might differ depending on the holiday and the local traditions, one thing remains common: Festive meals and drinks are hardly tooth-friendly. For example, previous research reveals that festive hot drinks are loaded with sugar, far more than the recommended daily intake. Also, food consumption can be increased by three times more than the regular 2000 calories. Regardless of whether it indicates that teeth are exposed to food for longer periods of time or more frequently than typically, it can be potentially detrimental to oral care.
Most harmful holiday for oral health
The recent DentaVox survey shows that Christmas surpasses even Halloween as the most harmful holiday for teeth. This result may seem strange at first glance. Traditionally, Halloween is associated with loads of candies and sweet treats. However, the reasoning behind this finding may be in the longer period of the Christmas festivities and the more diverse menu, which poses temptations to people from all ages.
Another curious finding is that for 11% of respondents, commemorating the day of love with chocolates makes St. Valentine’s day the most tooth-unfriendly holiday.
Only a small share of people do not find any of the holidays detrimental to oral health.
Can we celebrate in a more tooth-friendly way?
If people are paying the price of holiday indulgences with oral health, then why not re-building holiday habits? Find out what would motivate people to try out healthier ways to commemorate special occasions in the survey’s LIVE STATS.