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With the seasonal celebrations come in full swing, Lifetime Dentistry would like to wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday. While enjoying the festivities and activities, you can avoid oral accidents this with mindfulness to protect your teeth and gums. Take a moment to review the following questions to better prepare yourself for any risks that may present themselves during the holidays:

Question: What are some treats that can pose health care risks this holiday season?
Answer: You should be wary of:

  • chewy candies (such as taffy and gummies) that can stick to your teeth and gums
  • hard candies (such as jumbo candy canes, peppermint bark, or peanut brittle) that can chip or crack teeth
  • popcorn balls and popcorn kernels that can chip or crack teeth
  • nuts that can get wedged between teeth
  • such as hard cookies and crackers

Question: What are some other holiday habits that can help me other than brushing and flossing?
Answer: Although brushing and flossing are two of the best ways to keep your teeth and gums safe, there are a few other habits that you can do yourself to protect your teeth. If you indulge in holiday fare and can’t brush, sugarless gum can help the body produce saliva, which fights against cavities and harmful bacteria in your mouth.

Question: What else can I do to protect myself during the holiday season?
Answer: Ice skating can be loads of fun, but falling can be dangerous. Make sure you wear proper safety gear including a mouthguard to protect your teeth and gums. This also applies to other outdoor winter activities that can be dangerous to your mouth (such as hockey, sledding, and skiing).

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Holly Krystek, please contact Lifetime Dentistry at our office in Muscatine, Iowa by calling us at 563-263-9082. Happy holidays from all of us to you!