We very much hope you can say with confidence that you have been nice to your teeth this year. Even if you haven’t, it’s still worth taking care of them over the holidays. Follow our tips to avoid emergency trips to the dentist this silly season.
- Don’t use your teeth to crack nuts, even if you must spend a few seconds looking for the nutcrackers! Nutshells can easily crack and chip teeth, but shelled nuts do make healthy snacks as they are packed with protein.
- Avoid chewy treats that can stick around teeth for hours, encouraging tooth decay. Also, some sticky foods can even yank out fillings.
- Use the proper tools for opening packages and bottles, no matter how anxious you are to get at the goodies inside. Using your teeth as tools can easily damage them.
- Avoid chewing on ice cubes or crunching on hard sweets. Instead, leave the ice cubes to cool your drink and if you do fancy a hard sweet, allow it to dissolve on your tongue.
- Make an early New Year’s resolution to stop biting your nails. Nibbling your nails can increase the risk of tooth grinding and clenching, a destructive habit that can cause tooth sensitivity.