Holidays is time to celebrate, a time of joy and cheer. It’s also a time to watch your health has well. Not talking just your general health but also your oral health during the holidays. Here is some tips for your oral health tips during the holidays.
Enamel is the top layer of the tooth and is the hardest substance found in the body. The enamel is what protects the inner part of your tooth. When enamel is weakened, your tooth can become more susceptible to problems, including cracking and breaking. So cracking open certain things in your moth may not be a good idea. Accidentally biting down on small, hard objects—such as candy canes, chocolate coins, ice cubes, or food decorations—can cause a cracked tooth. This even includes nuts. Although protein found in nuts helps keep muscles and bones strong, you shouldn’t test the strength of your teeth by shelling nuts with them. The hard surface of most nutshells can cause serious tooth and gum damage, and may even crack teeth. The best idea is to shell nuts before snacking on them.
While enjoying seasonal holiday foods and drinks, be careful when eating or drinking anything overly acidic, sugary, or sticky. Acidic foods and drinks, such as citrus fruits and juices, wine, soft drinks, and sweetened mixed drinks, can cause enamel erosion over time. Sip beverages through a straw to minimize exposure of the acids to the tooth enamel. Also,sticky toffees and candy can loosen or even remove fillings and crowns so limit yourself on how much you put in your mouth.
Even though you’re excited to rip into that gift from your special someone, but your teeth are not scissors, openers or any other tool. Gripping a package or stubborn bottle cap with your teeth can crack them, possibly requiring a root canal procedure and a crown for repair. Give your mouth a great gift – reach for scissors or a bottle opener instead.
Chewing gum is a great oral-health-on-the-go tip! Bringing sugar-free gum with you has multiple benefits. You can get that great holiday peppermint taste and make your breath smell fresh. The gum can help remove food that may be stuck in your teeth as well, acting as a secondary toothbrush.
So when your out or at home, celebrating the holidays, give a little care to not only your general health but your oral health as well. You will save yourself headache and pain going into the new year.