With the holiday season about to be in full swing, it's time to think about dental protection. While dental care isn't usually at the top of the holiday preparations list, it should be. Once you get busy with the shopping and holiday get-together's, it's easy to forget about your teeth. Don't let dental problems sideline your holiday fun. This holiday season, make sure you're prepared to take care of your teeth.
Start with a Checkup
Before you get too busy with holiday planning, schedule a checkup with your dentist. A pre-holiday checkup will ensure that your teeth are clean and healthy. If your dentist discovers any problems, they can take care of them before they get out of control. If you're going to be traveling out of town for the holidays, ask your dentist for the name of a good dentist where you'll be traveling to. This will allow you to have access to a dentist should an emergency arise while you're out of town.
Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking plenty of water might not seem like a way to keep your teeth healthy during the holidays, but it is. In fact, it's one of the best ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Keep a bottle of water on you at all times during the holidays. The water will wash away the food and bacteria that build up between your teeth. It will also keep your mouth hydrated, which will help control bad breath.
Expect the Unexpected
You never know when a dental emergency is going to pop up. If you're going to be traveling, make sure you've packed an emergency dental kit. Some of the items you should carry with you include topical anesthetic to take care of minor toothache pain. Orthodontic wax to care for minor orthodontic problems such as broken wires or gum irritation. A tooth loss kit – in case you have a tooth knocked out. Your tooth loss kit should include a small plastic container, or resealable plastic baggie, a bottle of water, and medical gauze. Here's what you should do if you lose a tooth.
- Rinse your mouth out with water and place medical gauze over the socket to stop the bleeding.
- Locate the tooth.
- Carefully place the tooth in the palm of your hand and rinse it off with the water.
- Place the tooth inside the container and carefully pour milk (or your own saliva) over it.
- Seal the container and head to the dentist.
Now that the holiday season is here, make sure you're prepared to care for your teeth. The suggestions provided here will help you avoid being sidelined by dental problems while you're enjoying the holiday festivities. Contact a professional like Edens Greg DMD for more tips.