Older adults are being advised to get a dental check-up before Christmas. As dental practices close for the holidays, getting any problems sorted before the festive period is a sensible idea to avoid being left in pain. Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, stated: "I think it's always a good idea if people think they have any potential issues ... to get that check-up in before Christmas." If a problem occurs over the holidays it may be "quite difficult to get things sorted out", according to Dr Carter. Moreover, it can spoil Christmas. To avoid potential tooth disaster, Dr Carter also advises cutting down on sugary foods and drinks, and brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. People should spend no less than two minutes brushing their teeth and should make regular visits to the dentist to ensure continued oral health. Often patients find it difficult to access a dentist, but many older adults can receive care through NHS provisions. Find the nearest Barchester care home.