What do you want for Christmas this year?
If the answer is a healthier smile then Fulham dentist Dr Selvaggia Brigo has a stocking full of handy tips for you. Dr Selvy, as she likes to be known, has put together a merry list to help keep your teeth in jolly good shape after all the food, drink and devilish desserts this festive season.
“Can you imagine the state of Santa’s teeth after all those mince pies over the years?” said the Fulham resident. “It’s so important to reduce sugary food and drinks from your diet especially at Christmas when there is so much temptation around on the dinner table.”
Tips for Christmas
Here are Dr Selvy’s top five tips for a healthier mouth this Christmas:
- Drink water, eat cheese or chew sugar free gum after meals.
- Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks between meals.
- Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes.
- When you brush your teeth don’t rinse out toothpaste. Just spit it out so fluoride stays on your teeth longer helping to protect them from cavities.
- See your hygienist regularly as the gums are the foundations to your teeth.
Up for an award
Dr Selvy is one of just two women to be shortlisted for the Best Young Dentist in London accolade at the Private Dentistry Awards on 15 December.
She has made it into the latter stages of the competition after a gruelling selection process by a panel of expert judges. The 31-year-old who lives in Fulham Road is the only female dentist at her practice in Bow Lane.
“My mum was over the moon when she found out I had been shortlisted,” said Dr Selvy. “It is such an honour to be one of the few women to be considered for this award. It would certainly be an early Christmas present if I was to win.”
Dr Selvy graduated from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Dental Institute in 2011 with honours. She went on to work alongside a team of consultants at St George’s Hospital who performed both life-saving and life-changing operations with one case featuring on the TV show 24 hours in A&E.
She spent time in the Caribbean where she volunteered at Tapion Hospital in St Lucia and witnessed first-hand the great work being done for the less fortunate children in some of the small villages scattered around the island.
“None of us enter a dental career knowing what to expect and certainly nobody is born a dentist,” said Dr Selvy. “It requires drive and motivation to achieve these goals, but I could not imagine myself in another career at the moment. When I qualified I dreamed of working in a high-end dental clinic and I got it.”