Have you ever worn a mouth guard during outdoor sports activities? Have you ever bitten into something that was too hard for your teeth to bite? The answer is probably yes, as most individuals have taken plenty of risks to their oral health over their lifetime. While strong, our teeth are can be damaged, so we encourage our patients to be mindful of their pearly whites and take steps to protect them.
Question: What are some treats that can pose health care risks this holiday season?
Answer: You should be wary of:
- Chewy candies (such as taffy and gummies) that can stick to your teeth and gums.
- Hard candies (such as jumbo candy canes, peppermint bark, or peanut brittle) that can chip or crack teeth.
- Popcorn balls and popcorn kernels that can chip or crack teeth.
- Nuts that can get wedged between teeth.
- Miscellaneous items (such as hard cookies and crackers).
Question: What can I do to protect my teeth during the holiday season?
Answer: Ice skating can be loads of fun, but falling can be dangerous. Make sure you wear proper safety gear including a mouthguard to protect your teeth and gums. This also applies to other outdoor winter activities that can be dangerous to your mouth (such as hockey, sledding, and skiing).
Question: What are some other holiday habits that can help me other than brushing and flossing?
Answer: Although brushing and flossing are two of the best ways to keep your teeth and gums safe, there are a few other habits that you can do yourself to protect your teeth. If you absolutely must have a holiday treat, sugarless gum can help the body produce saliva, which fights against cavities and bad bacteria in your mouth.
For more information or to book an appointment with Dr. Brett McCown, please contact Tier One Dental at our office in Seguin, Texas by calling us at 830-372-2852. Your healthy, confident smile is our business!