Five Tips to Avoid Holiday Dental Emergencies

Having a dental emergency when you are traveling or while the dental office is closed for the holidays can be a real pain. In fact, most dental emergencies can be avoided with a little common sense. Take a little extra time to plan ahead, think, and take special care to avoid causing dental pain during your family celebration.

  1. Avoid popcorn – Popcorn hulls can stick under your gums and cause irritation. While this type of nuisance does not usually warrant a trip to the dental office, it can put a damper on the enjoyment of your holiday feast.
  2. Avoid toffee and sticky foods – When you eat toffee and other sticky foods, you take the risk of dislodging a filling or pulling off a crown. No one wants to have an unprotected tooth for the biggest meal of the year.
  3. Have your dentistry finished before the holidays – If you have been putting off your treatment, having it completed before the end of the year has a few advantages. The first is that you can avoid unnecessary dental emergencies when you stay on top of your treatment. The second is that your benefits probably turn over at the first of the year, so maximizing them before the end of the year is important. Finally, staying on top of your dental care gives you peace of mind. You don’t have to worry about dental pain when you are far from home.
  4. Be careful – Biting into olives and other foods can have a few unwelcome surprises. Olive pits, cherry pits, and bones are some of the most common culprits when it comes to cracked teeth. Biting carefully into those types of foods can help prevent a broken tooth.
  5. Maintain your oral health – Stick with your routine. Brushing and flossing regularly will help you stay healthy over the holidays. Since you’re probably consuming more sugar, it makes good sense!

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