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Holiday Dental Tips You Shouldn't Ignore!

It's that time of year again for one holiday party after another which means lots of delicious food - and many Christmas treats can be hard on your teeth and gums if you're not careful. Relax though, you don't have to completely give up on your favorite goodies this time of year if you bear the following tips in mind.

Don't overdo it on hard treats like candy canes and popcorn balls.

Whether they're at office parties, your friend's house, or gift tins you're receiving, you might find things like peppermint bark, popcorn balls, candy canes, and other hard desserts tough to put down. Brush your teeth after you've eaten these treats to help reduce the risk of tooth decay.

 This A Good Example Of What Not To Do This Year! 

This A Good Example Of What Not To Do This Year! 

If you can't brush your teeth after dessert, opt for sugar-free gum.

If you're on the go and don't want to seem awkward brushing your teeth at your host's place, chew some sugarless gum after you're done eating. This helps boosts your saliva production to help flush out food residue.

Make like the classic ballet and use a nutcracker.

The festive aroma of roasted whole nuts is evocative but make sure there's a nutcracker handy. Don't use your teeth to crack them open. Opt for pre-shelled nuts or a different snack if there's no nutcracker around.

Remember to brush at least twice a day.

Taking some long-awaited vacation time can disrupt your regular routines. But while you're lounging in your PJs catching up on your shows, you shouldn't forget to brush your teeth at least twice daily (including when you've had enough of the endless parade of sweets.)

Be prepared in case of crunch time.

It's still possible you could break a tooth on a candy cane just to be unable to see a dentist due to holiday office closures. Keep gauze, pain relievers, and floss handy and ask your dentist who you can call in an emergency if their office will be closed during the holidays. If you're traveling and can't see your regular dentist, be aware of which practices offer emergency services where you're headed. Enjoy the holidays!