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Dental emergencies can happen at any time. Most often, it’s when you least expect it, so while you’re staying at your grandmother’s house for the holidays, you might want to take extra precaution to ensure a nagging toothache or chipped tooth doesn’t derail your time with family. Let an emergency dentist in Hampton share 3 ways you can better protect your teeth and gums and stay out of the dentist’s chair this holiday season.
Don’t Forget to Brush, Floss, and Rinse
Maintaining a routine during times of the year when late nights, gameplay, and parties are the norm can be difficult. Although your daytime and nighttime activities might be different than your day-to-day, make sure you spend a few minutes each morning and night taking care of your oral health. Brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing with an ADA-approved mouthwash can protect your teeth and gums from tooth decay and gum disease.
While it may not be convenient, and your body and brain are so tired all you can think about is that luxurious pillow, you’ll be glad you took the time to keep up with your regular dental routine.
Try to Limit Your Candy Intake
The holiday and sugar go together, right? While it cannot be denied, you do have the ability to limit how much sugar you consume. With so many candies, cookies, cakes, and pies sitting around, it can be difficult, but not impossible. Too much sugar can cause tooth decay and cavities to form, leading you straight to your dentist in Hampton for a filling. Feel free to enjoy a small bite or two but remember to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth immediately after consuming. This will prevent the sugar from sticking to the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
Remember…Teeth Are Not Tools
Your sitting on the floor, in your pajamas, trying desperately to open one of the many gifts you received during the holidays, but you can’t seem to get one package opened. Your nails are no match for its plastic exterior, so what do you do? If you find yourself opening your mouth to expose your teeth to the impenetrable plastic, stop. Your teeth are not meant to chew through anything other than food, so stop what you’re doing and get up to find scissors or another appropriate tool to open your gift. This will save your pearly whites from excessive wear and tear or the possibility of a severe dental emergency.
Don’t deprive yourself of the things you enjoy throughout the holidays, just make sure you pay close attention to how it’s impacting your oral health. Give yourself the gift of a healthy smile by taking the right precautions to improve and protect your teeth and gums.
About the Author
Dr. Harbpinder Shevchenko, DMD, earned her Bachelor of Dental Surgery in India in 2003 before going on to achieve her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine in 2009. Passionate about her patient’s smiles, she stresses the importance of quality preventive dental care. Providing regular checkups and cleanings, she can address any problem in its early stages and work to eliminate the issue so future dental work will be unnecessary. However, should an emergency arise, Dr. Shevchenko is here to help. Of course, she is happy to provide tips and suggestions on how to avoid these types of accidents and injuries with patient education. To find out what you can do to protect your smile this holiday season, contact us at (603) 926-8827.