The holidays are often a time to indulge. While the last two holiday seasons have been impacted by the pandemic, many are still celebrating with loved ones who can gather safely. It is important to not only consider your health in terms of the virus but also your dental health during the holidays. Here are some holiday dental tips to keep you healthy and avoid ruining your holiday season with an avoidable dental issue.
If you want to get in for a free consultation with our Amherst dentist after the holidays, please give us a call right away.
Dental Care Packing List
If you are traveling for the holidays, it is important that you pack for the occasion. Along with your New Year’s Eve outfit, medications, and books for your flight, you need to have a toiletry bag for your dental care routine. Holidays are a time to relax, but that does not mean you should relax your dental care routine.
Here is an example of a packing list for your dental care toiletry bag:
- Dental floss
- Fluoride toothpaste
- Over-the-counter pain pills
- Dental wax (if you have braces, especially)
- Gauze (in case of tooth trauma)
- Insurance plan if you have one for dental
You want to prepare for your regular daily oral health routine as well as any dental emergencies that might happen, noting that sugary foods can cause some serious damage to your teeth.
Holiday Dental Tips for Emergencies
We all have likely been thinking about the holidays in terms of celebrations, gifts, and food. Food is a huge part of celebrating with family and loved ones. To avoid having dental emergencies, it might be best to avoid or limit how many hard, sticky, or sugary foods you have.
We want to avoid cracking and breaking teeth on things like peanut brittle. Certainly, do not use your teeth to rip packaging or ribbons when opening gifts. Do not use your teeth to bite the cork off of champagne.
If you or your child have braces, now is not the time to ignore the rules for what food you can eat. You do not want to have to rush to the dentist during your holiday because of a broken bracket or snapped wire.
Call Our Amherst Dentist Today
We know that not every dental emergency can be avoided. When you need someone to get you in for a dental emergency, we are here to help. Give the office a call so that we can triage you and get you in for treatment right away.
If you just want to come in and get a good cleaning after a holiday season of one too many bad-for-your-teeth foods, we would love to have you come in for a checkup/ dental cleaning. Call the office today!