The holiday season will soon be upon us and it can be so tempting just to indulge yourself the whole time. And while we certainly wouldn’t discourage you from enjoying a few treats here and there, it’s not a good idea to “treat” yourself all day long!
Not only will constant snacking give you a stomach ache and make it harder to fit into your favourite pants, but it can also do some serious damage to your teeth. And no one wants to have to spend the holidays in pain because they’ve given themselves a cavity.
We’ve got some great tips to keep your teeth healthy through the holidays:
- Avoid cracking nuts with your teeth.
- Skip sticky and chewy treats.
- Open packages properly - don’t use your teeth!
- Don’t chew on hard candy or ice.
- Avoid biting your nails.
- Keep up with your brushing routine.
- Drink plenty of water.
And when the holidays are done, we’re here for you at Guelph Family Dentistry with our excellent dental cleaning services.
1. Avoid cracking nuts with your teeth
Nuts, eaten in moderation, can be a great, healthy snack, with lots of protein in them. So they’re a much better choice to eat over the holidays than treats packed with sugar. But you can seriously damage your teeth and your gums if you try to crack them open using your teeth. It’s time to get out your festive nutcracker and put it to use.
2. Skip sticky and chewy treats
Holidays are when all the sweets come out. Unfortunately, sticky substances can end up clinging to tooth enamel which can cause tooth decay. Even worse - candies that contain substances like caramel can pull out your fillings. It’s one thing to need our Guelph dental cleaning services, but no one wants to make an emergency trip to the dentist.
Some of the food and drinks to steer clear of over the holidays are candy canes, other chewy candy, dried fruit and soft drinks.
3. Open packages properly - don’t use your teeth!
It can be tempting to use your teeth to rip open stubborn packaging or even gifts. But doing so can gradually weaken the enamel on your teeth, eventually leading to your teeth cracking or even breaking.
Instead, have the right tools on hand - like letter openers and scissors - and save your teeth from potential harm.
4. Don’t chew on hard candy or ice
You may think that chewing on hard candy or ice is a great way to keep yourself from eating everything in sight. And while keeping your mouth “busy” can help keep you from over-indulging, it’s not a good idea to crunch on ice or hard candy, as they can lead to cracked or chipped teeth.
Keeping a glass of water at hand is a great way to keep “busy” while also keeping your mouth healthy.
5. Avoid biting your nails
Biting your nails isn’t a good idea at any time - it’s terrible for both your fingernails and your teeth and can lead to issues with jaw problems and teeth grinding.
If you know that holiday stress will ramp up the urge to bite your nails, then it may be time to invest in some bitter-tasting polish to discourage you. Another option is to treat yourself to a manicure, so your nails look too lovely to bite.
6. Keep up with your brushing routine
It can be tempting over the holidays to let all your healthy habits slide, including brushing and flossing. You don’t want to come in for your Guelph dental cleaning service only to find out you’ve done some serious damage to your teeth by neglecting brushing and flossing.
A few minutes a day can make a huge difference in your dental health.
7. Drink plenty of water
It’s always important to drink plenty of water, no matter what time of year it is. Water helps freshen your breath and helps make digestion easier. Plus, drinking water constantly helps wash away any freshly formed bacteria, so when you come to us for your Guelph dental cleaning service, you’re less likely to have a cavity.
How can Guelph Family Dentistry help me with dental cleaning services?
One thing you can do to help your “post-holiday” teeth is to set up an appointment for Guelph dental cleaning services early in the new year.
When you come to us for a Guelph dental cleaning service, you’re getting:
- Leading dental care services
- Access to innovative technology
- Direct billing to your insurance
- A relaxing and child-friendly environment
Our staff is here to put you at ease with your Guelph dental cleaning services. We’re here to make sure that every member of your family - from toddlers to adults - has a healthy smile and comes away pleased about their oral health.
Don’t put off coming to see us. If you have any issues with your teeth, the sooner we treat them, the sooner you’ll be back on the road to a healthy smile.
Protect Your Smile Over the Holidays
The best way to keep your smile healthy over the holidays and make sure your teeth are in good shape is to plan what to do, AND what to avoid.
Try to avoid cracking nuts with your teeth, skip sticky or chewy treats (or chewing on ice) and avoid biting your nails. Keep up with your brushing routine, and make sure you stay hydrated. And have some scissors on hand to resist the urge to open packages with your teeth.
Keeping all of these tips in mind helps ensure that we can tell you what a great job you’ve done when you come in for your Guelph dental cleaning service. And if there are some problems - well, that’s what we’re here for.
Contact Us About Guelph Dental Cleaning Services
To learn more about dental tips call Guelph Family Dentistry at 888-588-1691 or contact us online.