The holidays are right around the corner. That translates to gifts, parties and get-togethers, scrumptious meals, and holiday merriment.
But all the fun and excitement of the holidays does not mean that you are immune from dental problems. Specifically, you want to avoid dental emergencies at a time when dentists are also on holiday and may not be available to respond to your needs.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to minimize, if not totally eliminate, these risks. Just follow these simple holiday dental care tips outlined by a Laurel, MD dentist.
Use the right tool for the job
The main purpose of your teeth is to break down food in aid of digestion. But apart from helping you smile, you should not use your teeth for other purposes.
Under no circumstance should you use your teeth for cracking nuts. There’s a tool for that: a nutcracker. Do not test the strength of your teeth. That’s a gamble you cannot afford to lose.
Do not use your teeth as a substitute for scissors. If you need to open something, like a bag of chips, use scissors. You may end up taking more time to open something, but it is well worth making the effort knowing that you won’t be damaging your teeth unnecessarily.
Avoid chewy treats, if possible
You do not have to be a Scrooge and totally avoid sugary treats during the holidays. But as much as possible, avoid chewy and sticky candies like taffy and caramel which can stick to the teeth even after brushing and flossing.
Remember, too much sugar can contribute to cavities and tooth decay.
If you love eating candy canes or if you have a hard time resisting eating one, lick it instead of biting on it.
Watch out for nail biting
Although the holidays are all about fun, for some people, they can cause stress and anxiety.
If your primary coping mechanism for stress and anxiety is nail biting, you have to find a better option. Otherwise, you risk damaging both your nails and your teeth.
Set aside some quiet time for yourself. Go for a walk when the weather permits. Go to your local spa.
You do not need to miss out on all the fun and excitement if you wish to take better care of your oral health during the holidays. But you do need to be more mindful of your habits and actions. Contact your local Laurel, MD dentist to schedule a dental cleaning after the holidays.