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Take It Easy On Your Teeth This Holiday Season

Take it Easy on Your Teeth this Holiday Season

Ahh, the holidays. If you’re like us, the start of the holiday season is a wonderful time of year, filled with family and friends and festivities. And feasting! So much yummy food on the table to share and enjoy. As everyone is expected to be rather caught up in all the merriment and activity that surrounds the holiday season, we thought that this might be a good time to remind you all to take it easy on your teeth this holiday season.

Even though it’s not too difficult to get an emergency dental appointment with your friendly Olathe Dentist, it’s doubtful that this is something you want to experience during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. So, with that in mind, here are a few tips you might want to remember during the holidays to reduce the likelihood of a dental problem that has you calling the 24-hour emergency phone line.

1. Stay away from the hard stuff. By this we mean hard candy such as peanut brittle, jawbreakers, or hard Christmas candy of any sort. Each can be damaging in a number of ways. Some nuts and ice cubes are hard on teeth too, so keep the crunching to a minimum. In addition, sticky candy such as caramel or gummies stick to your teeth and create opportunities for enamel-eroding bacteria. Have a piece of soft fudge or pie instead. Then go brush your teeth.

2. Don’t forget the mouthguard. Wintertime often means winter sports and related activities such as ice hockey, ice skating, sledding, skiing or snowboarding, and snowball fights (not that we recommend the latter). Each can have a damaging effect on the teeth if there’s some kind of unexpected accident. We’ll not go into the details here, but it’s safe to say that a sports mouthguard will prevent a lot of serious dental injuries. Read our blog article on mouthguards here.

3. Your teeth are not tools. Yes, teeth are very hard and durable, but they’re not a go-to gadget when you’re trying to get a bottle cap off a beverage. They’re also not up to the challenge when you’re trying to tear into that tough plastic packaging that’s encasing a new gadget or gizmo you received for the holidays. Give your teeth a break and go get a bottle opener or a pair of scissors.

4. Don’t let the holiday stress get to you. When people experience stress, they sometimes take it out on their teeth. Stress can sometimes lead to grinding your teeth at night. And although some people don’t think too much about teeth grinding while they sleep, it’s actually a habit that can wear down your teeth enamel unnaturally. This could eventually lead to fractures and cavities. If you’re a stress grinder, call your Olathe dentist and ask to be fitted for a mouthguard.

5. Remember the basics. Even though the holiday season is a time for letting go and overindulging a bit, don’t forget to take good care of your teeth. Brush after sweet treats and before you go to bed. Floss regularly. Get plenty of healthy food and water in your holiday diet. And, maybe, keep a pack of sugar-free chewing gum handy for the times when you can’t get away to brush.

This article brought to you by Watts Family Dental, your friendly Olathe Dentist. We’re committed to healthy smiles for the whole family. Please call (913) 338-3384 or click here to contact our office. You may also send an e-mail direct to info@wattsfamilydental.com at any time.

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