- Avoid the dessert table. Between company holiday parties and family get-togethers, sugary desserts are everywhere this time of year, and it can be hard to say no. But these can quickly lead to tooth decay—and even worse, some of the tougher holiday candies and treats like taffy and peanut brittle can crack or yank out any fillings you currently have. Limit your intake as much as possible now, and you can avoid potential damage and decay down the road.
- Come to parties prepared. This time of year isn’t exactly known for the healthiest kinds of food and beverages. Sodas and punches are usually a go-to for holiday gatherings, since they’re easy for hosts to put together. Unfortunately, that may encourage you to partake even if you weren’t originally planning to, since it might be your only option. Stash a bottled water in your bag just in case, or volunteer to help provide the drinks yourself.
- Don’t bite down on ice. Many of us do it subconsciously, especially when socializing at a party, but chomping down on hard ice cubes can actually cause tiny cracks to form in your teeth. Those cracks build over time, and can actually cause a more serious crack that requires a crown or bridge to fix. Keep drinks refrigerated and you can eliminate temptation all together.
- Don’t use your teeth as a tool. It may be tempting to use your teeth to help open a gift or package you receive, but putting that much stress on your bite could actually cause you to crack the enamel on your teeth. It’s worth getting up to find the right tools for the job if it means avoiding an emergency trip to the dentist. (Using your teeth to help pry open pistachios and other nuts is also a big no-no.)
At Macdonald and Whaley, we want you to have the most enjoyable holiday season possible. If for some reason you do experience an unexpected dental emergency this time of year, do not hesitate to call our offices and make an appointment today. Happy holidays from the offices of Macdonald & Whaley, DDS!