Holiday Tips for Protecting Your Smile

The end of the year poses continual challenges to dental health, starting with Halloween candy, then followed by Thanksgiving and Christmas treats and desserts. But you can enjoy all the sweetness the holidays have to offer, and still protect your smile!

PLAN AHEAD
Whether you travel for the holidays or not, it’s easy to get off schedule with your daily maintenance routines, but you still need to be brushing twice a day, and flossing once a day. To keep up your good habits while traveling, stash a travel toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss in your purse or car, so you’re ready to freshen up between meals. And if brushing isn’t an option, keep a pack of sugarless gum handy, which can help boost saliva production, and wash away food debris.

ENJOY IN MODERATION
The holidays often mean an abundance of candy, cookies, and desserts are available, and we’re certainly not suggesting you pass up on your favorite pie! But a non-stop buffet of sweet treats is not good for your dental health. Instead, have a slice of that favorite pie, and then brush your teeth afterwards. Just avoid grazing on sweets all day.

BE SMART (and buy a nutcracker?)
Believe it or not, a lot of teeth are broken or cracked during the holidays from trying to crack nuts. Don’t have a nutcracker? Have a different snack. But nuts aren’t the only thing to be careful with. Watch out for things like hard peanut brittle, candy canes, and even popcorn and popcorn balls, which can contain kernels that can cause a problem.

TRAVEL WISELY
On the chance you do have a dental emergency, remember that many dental offices are closed during the holidays. So make sure and pack extra floss, gauze, and over the counter pain relievers, in case you have a problem, but can’t get into a dentist right away. And if you’re traveling, make sure and take your dental benefits policy number with you. If you do have a dental issue, such as a broken tooth or lost filling, don’t put off treatment until the first of the year. If you’re on the road, call local dental offices to see if you can get an appointment right away. Most dental offices will make time for emergency visits, even for people who aren’t their regular patients.

Schedule your end of the year visits NOW!

The end of the year is right around the corner, so don’t let your dental benefits go to waste! Our appointments fill up quickly at the end of the year, so call to schedule with us right away. This is especially important if you will be getting a crown, since both preparation and seating of crowns must happen before the end of the year in order to count towards this year’s maximum. Call us today for an appointment at 479-751-9899.