December 18, 2017
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for parties and presents and spending time with loved ones; however, it may not be so great for your teeth. With all of the foods and sugary treats around that you wouldn’t normally eat, it can take a toll on your teeth and oral health. The good news is that your dentist has some tips for keeping your teeth healthy and your smile beautiful during the holidays.
Indulge in Moderation
It’s okay to enjoy a sweet treat after your holiday meal, just don’t eat all of them. Pick one or two, and choose wisely to avoid sticky goodies like caramel, or hard treats like peanut brittle that could break a tooth or pull off a restoration like a crown or filling. Limiting your sweets intake not only protects your teeth, but also your waistline!
Stick to Your Routine
The holidays are fun, but they can be exhausting with parties and travel to visit distant family members. It’s even more important during this time that you stick to your regular home care routine of brushing at least twice per day for two minutes, and flossing at least once per day.
You might want to add an antibacterial fluoride mouth rinse to your routine to give you added protection against the bacteria and acids that cause tooth decay. Contact your dentist for recommendations of helpful products.
Don’t Wait if You Have a Dental Emergency
If you should run into an emergency situation during the holidays, it’s important to seek the help of a dentist as soon as possible in order to avoid further pain or damage to your teeth. Most dentists leave an emergency number you can call if their office is closed, or if you’re traveling you can contact a local dentist for an emergency examination and treatment if necessary.
Go to Your Dental Appointments
If you have your routine cleaning and checkup scheduled during the holidays, be sure to go to your appointment. This is a good time to receive a heads up from your dentist if there is any last minute treatment you might need, which would maximize any unused dental benefits you might have.
Follow these tips to have a safe and happy holiday season!
About the Author
Dr. Richard Lewis has gathered a team of specialists to serve patients in Burlington, MA. With doctors specializing in pediatric dentistry and periodontics, you can rest assured that all of your family’s needs will be met at our practice. Patients will also find a helpful and caring staff that strive to ensure that every visit is pleasant and stress-free.
If you would like to contact Dr. Lewis, he can be reached through our website or by calling 781-272-5890.
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