5 Tips for a Healthy Holiday Smile
Even when the holidays are near and money is tight, it is still important to care for your smile and receive proper dental care. With all the holiday sweets and treats you’re likely consuming, you probably need dental care more now than you have all year.
While you’re probably swamped, there are a number of actions you can take to keep your smile in great shape this holiday season. Here are five easy tips for a healthy smile during the most indulgent season of all.
Don’t use your mouth as a nutcracker
Nuts are very good for you. The protein in them can keep your muscles and bones strong and healthy, but that’s no reason to risk a chipped tooth. The shells of these nuts are able to cause tooth and gum damage, so it’s best to invest in a festive nutcracker this season or shell them by hand.
…Or to open anything else
While you may be excited to open a gift from your favorite family member, try to contain yourself and use the proper tools. Your teeth are meant for chewing, not ripping tape or plastic. Using your teeth to open packages, envelopes, or bottles can cause enough damage to require more major dental treatment. Instead of making an emergency visit to your family dentist, save yourself some time and reach for the scissors or a bottle opener instead.
Stay away from chewy candy
Caramel, taffy, and other sticky sweets can really take a toll on the mouth. These candies can dislodge previous dental work and promote tooth decay. While a couple pieces won’t hurt you, be careful when chewing.
Don’t chew hard candy or ice
Hard candies aren’t meant for chewing. Biting down on these foods can cause your teeth to chip or crack. Damage caused by chewing hard foods can be painful, pricey, and can land you in the dentist’s chair when you should be enjoying the holidays with your family. Let ice and candy dissolve naturally in your mouth. And don’t forget to brush your teeth after enjoying a sweet treat!
Kick those bad habits
While the holidays may have you stressed out, don’t give into vices like smoking. Smoking, as we know, can lead to a number of health problems, including gum disease, mouth cancers, and unsightly teeth yellowing. Distract yourself this season if you find yourself stressed. Take a walk or read a book. Don’t forget to take some “me” time to relax.
Above all else, don’t forget to make an appointment with your family dentist if you’re due for an exam. The average person waits three years between dental visits, but the recommended schedule is every six months. Regular dental visits help identify problems when small and that means easier to fix.
Don’t let your dental health take the back seat to your other priorities this holiday season. Make an appointment with your dentist today.