Let’s Talk Holiday Treats And Smile Protection

It’s that special, twinkling, chilly, lovely time of year again: The winter holidays have officially arrived! To you and yours, this means lots of fun, food, friends, family, and just about everything that puts a smile on your face. To our Ankeny, IA team? It means finding a way to help you protect that smile you’ll be using so much, so you find yourself with optimal oral health (Translation: A grin that’s still perfectly intact, healthy, and glowing come January and beyond). We offer up some pointers to help you get there with ease!

Rinse A Whole Lot With Water

One of the best tips you’ll receive for your smile health for the holidays and really for any time? It’s a good idea to rinse with a lot of water as frequently as you can when you’re eating things you know aren’t going to promote excellent oral health. Christmas pie? Ice cream? Sorbet? A box of candy that you received for Christmas? Drink water, head to the restroom to swish with water, sip water: It is a very easy option for flushing your mouth, removing sugars from your teeth, and helping you keep away from the formation of issues like decay!

If It Seems Like It Could Break Your Tooth, Don’t Do It

Anything at all that you think could possibly, maybe break or crack or damage your dental tissue: Avoid it. Avoid it like the plague! This is not the time to see if your oral health is in amazing condition by trying to tear apart gift wrap, pull tape from a stubborn package, break through a very hard pretzel, etc. It’s time to give yourself a moment for R&R and to allow your smile the same. That way: No broken teeth, no need for emergency dental crowns, and no upset!

Keep Things As “Normal” As Possible

We know that it can be difficult but we always suggest patients protect their oral health and their health in general by trying to keep things as normal as possible. Sure, things may be hectic and not-as-usual, but you can still brush your teeth, floss your smile, wear your bruxism treatment, get enough sleep, and more. Do your best and you’ll be glad you put some effort into it!

See Us Post-Holiday Time To Keep Prevention Going

Remember to keep your dental hygiene up and your dental visits scheduled, so you maintain a healthy smile throughout the holidays and beyond! Find out if you’re making good choices by scheduling a visit with your Ankeny, IA dentist today! Contact Peddicord Family Dentistry to set up an appointment by calling 515-963-3339.