If you think that there may be a problem with your oral health, now is the time to take action. Don’t let a toothache ruin your holiday season. Hoping that things will get better on their own is not a safe bet because the odds are that your problem will get worse.
For example, if you have a slight pain in your tooth or some minor sensitivity, it could be a sign of more serious trouble. These types of things always catch up with us at the most inconvenient times – like during a holiday meal.
These tips will help you to avoid dental problems during the holidays:
- Avoid Desserts and Sweets – The party may offer a multitude of sugary snacks and holiday desserts, but don’t forget that drinks like eggnog, hot cocoa, punch and most liqueurs contain a high level of sugars. Take a quick trip to the restroom and brush. By limiting your consumption, you can deter unwanted tooth decay while reducing any harmful effects to your waistline.
- Try Not to Stress – If the season is stressing you out, you may find yourself grinding or clinching your teeth during stressful situations and often while you sleep. This can cause headaches and jaw pain, as well as damaged teeth and dental work. The best way to address this problem is to use a dental mouth guard, which won’t stop the grinding but can prevent it from causing pain.
- Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush – Holiday parties with friends and family are about gathering together where lots of food and beverages are on hand. By bringing a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss, you can periodically excuse yourself to take care of your teeth. If you cannot do this, at least try to rinse your mouth with water between dinner courses or chew sugar-less gums.
- Have an Emergency Dental Contact – The wrong bite into a candy cane can result in a dental disaster. You may chip a tooth, lose a filling, or break a crown while on vacation or when the dentist’s office is closed. Contact your dentist or local dental offices to see if they can provide you with emergency dental care over the holiday season.
- Take Care of Your Teeth – The holiday fun can keep you distracted, but as long as your oral health care becomes a habit, you can continue the holiday fun without fretting about your teeth. Make a resolution to brush and floss regularly and schedule routine check ups with your dentist.
Regular professional cleanings and good home care are essential for healthy, strong teeth.
If you are experiencing regular tooth pain or discomfort, please feel free to call us. Our clinic is using highly advanced equipment, that allows our dental team to digitally photograph your tooth, and send a computer-assisted design to a milling machine. Read more about the process in our ebook. It’s free.