The holiday season brings with it colder weather and additional oral health risks. As fun as outdoor activities and savory sweets can be, they are a dual-edged sword and if we are not careful, they can trouble our teeth. Keeping our teeth and gums safe requires us to be aware of any dangers that can befall us. To help you avoid common pitfalls this holiday season, take the time to maintain your oral health habits and avoid risky holiday temptations.
Question: What are some other holiday habits that can help me other than brushing and flossing?
Answer: Although brushing and flossing are two of the best ways to keep your teeth and gums safe, there are a few other habits that you can do yourself to protect your teeth. If you absolutely must have a holiday treat, sugarless gum can help the body produce saliva, which fights against cavities and bad bacteria in your mouth.
Question: What are some treats that can pose health care risks this holiday season?
Answer: You should be wary of:
- Chewy candies (such as taffy and gummies) that can stick to your teeth and gums.
- Hard candies (such as jumbo candy canes, peppermint bark, or peanut brittle) that can chip or crack teeth.
- Popcorn balls and popcorn kernels that can chip or crack teeth.
- Nuts that can get wedged between teeth.
- Miscellaneous items (such as hard cookies and crackers).
Question: What else can I do to protect myself during the holiday season?
Answer: Ice skating can be loads of fun, but falling can be dangerous. Make sure you wear proper safety gear including a mouthguard to protect your teeth and gums. This also applies to other outdoor winter activities that can be dangerous to your mouth (such as hockey, sledding, and skiing).
For more information or to book an appointment with Dr. Alan Nix, please contact our team in Terrell, Texas by calling 972-563-7633 today. Make your season merry and bright with a set of healthy pearly whites!