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January 03 2011

Proper Dental Maintenance During the Holidays Can Reduce Trips to Dentists Later

There are so many things to be joyful about over the holiday season – what with all the delicious meals, get-togethers, family, presents, and finally getting to put on that snowflake-bedazzled sweater you purchased discounted last summer. Before the holidays even start, you’ll want to be sure that dazzling smile of yours is in tip-top shape and ready for action at a moment’s notice. Even if it’s much more of a grimace because your brother-in-law just took the last slice of pumpkin pie (as if he needs it), dentists will advise that your teeth should be well cared for during this busy and stressful time. Here are some things to watch out for with regards to holiday dental hygiene, as well as some great ways to keep those chompers feeling and looking their finest into the New Year and beyond.

Of course, the fundamentals still apply, but perhaps even more so. Dentists recommend that we step up our normal brushing and flossing routine, mainly because we tend to eat more meals, snacks, and (especially) desserts during this time of year. One handy idea is to have a toothbrush in your car or purse so you can give your teeth a fast brush in between events.

The holiday season can be hard on your teeth in other ways too. Hard candies, un-popped popcorn kernels, walnuts, and the annoying packaging that stands between you and your shiny new gadgets can all wreak havoc on your pearly whites. Here, you will simply want to use common sense. Be careful not to chew anything that could crack a tooth or damage your dental work, and break out the nutcracker and scissors when necessary. Sedation dentistry is wonderful, but you shouldn’t have to make any last-minute appointments to replace a crown or filling, or fix a cracked or chipped tooth – when you really just want to be at home in your pajamas tinkering with your new gizmos.

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It’s difficult to be in good spirits when you are around someone whose breath could halt Santa’s sleigh (we’re looking at you still, brother-in law). Unfortunately, there are tons of holiday foods that can result in unpleasant breath. To be at your most pleasant, look out for yams, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and (believe it or not) candy canes. Either steering clear of these foods or just being prepared for a quick brush after eating them will allow you to bellow your “ho ho hos” with all the appropriate confidence and gusto.

Follow the above tips, and you’ll have a happy and healthy holiday, and a smile whose twinkle will rival the snowflakes on that snazzy sweater.

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