As much as we love visiting our orthodontist and dentist, squeezing in an emergency appointment over the holidays probably isn’t something we want to add to our already packed to-do lists.
Here are five tips to help keep your braces and teeth healthy over the holidays:
- Avoid chewy or crunchy treats.
Chewy desserts or nut-filled candies can lead to certain destruction for braces, not to mention increasing the risk for tooth decay and yanked out fillings. Opt for soft treats like plain chocolates, peanut butter cups and other melt-in-your-mouth varieties.
- Don’t use your teeth like tools.
Teeth really aren’t the best option for cutting tape, pulling off tags or cracking pistachio shells. A chipped tooth or displaced wire can be avoided by grabbing the right tools for the job.
- Combat the stress.
The stress of the holidays can take a toll our teeth via nail biting, jaw clenching and teeth-grinding. Help combat stress by getting plenty of sleep, staying hydrated and consciously taking time to relax.
- Watch what you drink.
Sugary and carbonated drinks are sure to be flowing this holiday. We all know that sugar is bad for our teeth, but that fizzle in our favorites can eat away at our enamel. Enjoy them in moderation, and use a straw to decrease contact with the teeth.
- Stick to a routine.
Forgetting to take care of your teeth can be easy during holiday fun, festivities and feasts. Be sure to brush twice a day for two minutes, and drink plenty of water to help rinse away sugar and bacteria. For those with braces, brush 4 times each day and pay special attention to your brackets and gumline with brushing.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and yours!