Yes, the holidays are here, and delicious foods and beverages abound. But don’t worry – you can enjoy seasonal sweets and still have a cavity-free smile to flash in festive photos.
Today we’re sharing some tips to keep your teeth healthy during the holidays.
Cut down on the candy. Yes, it’s the most wonderful time of year for candy canes, popcorn balls, and cookies, but this nonstop buffet of sweets can wreak havoc on your teeth. Still, you don’t have to skip holiday treats – just eat a single dessert and brush your teeth afterward.
Snack smart. Use a nutcracker, not your teeth, to shell nuts, or choose a different snack. One poor decision can cause a lot of painful and expensive damage – consider if it’s worth it to break a tooth for a nut.
Keep a routine. The holidays can upset your schedule, but you should still brush at least two times a day. To keep up good habits on the go, pack a toothbrush and mini tube of toothpaste and make time to freshen up after meals.
Honor appointments. Skipping a dental exam could get you on the naughty list. It’s much better to catch problems now and not put them off until the New Year. If your 6-month checkup falls during the holidays, consider it a celebration of good oral health and a holiday gift to yourself.
Crunch time. If you crack a tooth on grandma’s peanut brittle, you may not be able to see your dentist, as most dental offices are closed during the holidays. So follow these tips.
- Be prepared. Pack dental floss, gauze, and over-the-counter pain relievers to deal with minor dental problems when you travel. Take your dental benefits policy number with you.
- Know whom to call. If your dental office will be closed during the holidays, ask your dentist for a referral for emergencies. Know the location of the nearest emergency dental clinic.
- Don’t delay treatment. Waiting until the New Year to fix a broken tooth or replace a lost filling could make the problem worse. If you’re traveling, call a local dental office for an appointment if you need emergency care. Many dentists set aside time for emergencies even for people who aren’t regular patients.
With these tips, you can still enjoy your favorite treats during the holiday season. Call our office today to schedule your next visit and reduce your risk of oral problems during the happiest time of the year!