How to Have No Teeth Problems During the Holidays
Holidays are meant for spending time with friends and family exchanging gifts, celebrating and enjoying delicious meals. Even though holiday treats taste great, they can create some painful issues for your teeth. What should you do if you have a dental emergency? Taking a few precautions now can prevent dental problems during the holidays.
Eat cautiously: Most dental issues on holidays are due to sticky hard foods that you’re not used to eating. This can cause lost fillings or broken teeth so try to stay away from those or eat them cautiously.
Avoid strange uses: For some reason, people get the idea their teeth are made to open bottles or to crack open nuts. What they don't think about is that their tooth can come out right along with that bottle cap and that’s a real spoiler, a very painful one.
Keep up regular hygiene: Maintaining a healthy oral hygiene habit of brushing, flossing and rinsing will help protect your teeth from the added stress they may encounter during the holidays. If you wear dentures, keep your cleaning products specially formulated for dentures with you—don’t use regular toothpaste.
Knowing how to handle a dental emergency will be crucial for enjoying your holiday experience.
- If a tooth is broken in an accident or injury, rinse with warm water to keep the mouth clean.
- Press with a cold cloth to keep the swelling down and cover it with a piece of sugar free gum if it has a jagged, bothersome aspect.
- Clove oil has been used by dentists for centuries for its disinfectant and anesthetic properties.
- Avoid chewing hard food with the injured tooth since that might cause more to chip off
- If you manage to bite your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with a cloth, and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to a hospital emergency room right away.
- Bring together a small dental kit just in case. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Dental cement is available to replace lost fillings. Orthodontic wax protects you from any sharp edges you may encounter in your mouth. You can also include a pair of tweezers, a small mirror, some sterile cotton, and a denture repair kit with adhesive may also come in handy.
Please contact Dr. Muradian as soon as possible if you have any dental emergencies during the holiday. Other than this,
we wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
Location: 3695 Alamo Street, #300 Simi Valley CA 93063
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