The festive season is upon us! With the holiday cheer, twinkling lights, and merriment, the last thing anyone wants is a dental emergency. While the holidays bring joy and gatherings, they can also bring certain risks to our dental health. We at Broadway Smiles in Vancouver, are bringing you the top tips to ensure your smile remains as sparkling as the holiday decor.
Beware of Hard Treats:
Hard candies, nuts, and some traditional holiday sweets can be tough on teeth. If you have weak teeth or existing dental work like fillings or crowns, biting down on something hard might result in a chip or break. Always be cautious, and consider sucking on hard candies rather than biting them.
Open Bottles the Right Way:
We’ve all seen someone try to open a bottle with their teeth at a party. However, this is a quick ticket to a cracked tooth. Always use bottle openers, not your pearly whites!
Maintain Your Dental Routine:
The holidays can be hectic, but don’t let it disrupt your oral care routine. Continue to brush twice a day, floss daily, and use mouthwash to keep your mouth fresh and free from potential issues.
With all the holiday beverages – from eggnog to mulled wine – it’s crucial to drink water regularly. Staying hydrated helps wash away sugars and acids that can stick to your teeth and cause decay.
Wear a Mouthguard:
If you’re planning on engaging in any physical activities, like a friendly game of football in the snow or ice skating, wear a mouthguard. This protective barrier can prevent accidents that lead to knocked-out or chipped teeth.
Limit Sugary Treats:
It’s hard to resist sweet treats during the holidays, but excessive sugar can lead to cavities. If you indulge, make sure to rinse your mouth with water or brush and floss your teeth soon after.
Avoid Using Teeth as Tools:
Whether it’s tearing open packages, cutting tape, or opening gifts, use the appropriate tools, not your teeth. This will reduce the risk of chipping or breaking them.
Even with precautions, emergencies can happen. Keep a dental emergency kit on hand, complete with gauze, a small container with a lid (in case of a knocked-out tooth), and over-the-counter pain relief.
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The holidays are a time for joy, not dental woes. By taking a few precautionary steps, you can ensure your teeth remain healthy and intact throughout the season. At Broadway Smiles, we wish you a festive season filled with laughter, joy, and a radiant, trouble-free smile.
If you have any concerns or need more personalised dental advice this holiday season, schedule an appointment with Broadway Smiles. We’re here to keep your smile merry and bright!