With the holiday season in full swing, it is important that you take precautions to protect your smile. While enjoying seasonal treats and spending time with your loved ones, keep in mind that your smile could be at risk.
Schedule An Appointment With a Dentist Before Your Trip
It’s always a good call to schedule an appointment with a dentist before you travel for the holidays. This way, any cavities or oral diseases can be taken care of before they get worse and cause you pain while away from home. The last thing you want is to feel any sort of toothache while you’re traveling and far away from your dentist’s office.
If you do need some sort of treatment, such as a filling for a cavity, it’s best to get that done before your travels begin. That way, you won’t have to worry about feeling pain or sensitivity when you’re on the road this holiday season. Contact our dental office today to schedule an appointment!
Brush and Floss Regularly
Since you’ll be eating more treats, make sure to brush extra carefully after eating them, so you don’t damage your teeth. With candies and other sweets, try chewing sugarless gum after you eat to rinse your mouth out and protect your teeth. You can also drink plenty of water to wash food particles from your teeth and prevent tooth decay.
When it’s time to open presents, make sure you brush your teeth before you start! Also, remember to floss between all of your teeth before you go to bed. This will help you avoid cavities, gingivitis, and even gum disease.
Wear a Mouthguard When Involved in Contact Sports
A mouthguard can help protect your smile from injury during holiday activities, such as playing hockey or riding a bicycle. If you participate in a contact sport or activity like skateboarding and rollerblading, wearing a mouthguard is especially important to avoid injury to the soft tissues of the mouth. The Academy of General Dentistry recommends wearing custom-fitted mouthguards designed by a dentist for the best protection. Your dentist can evaluate your mouth and provide recommendations on what guard will work best for you.