5 Holiday Tips

5 Holiday Tips
Posted on 11/28/2019
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5 Holiday Season Dental Tips 

The holidays are just around the corner, and we know that means many people are looking forward to some well-deserved time spent relaxing, reconnecting with loved ones, and enjoying some of the year's most delicious foods and treats. Unfortunately, though, the holiday season can often be rough on teeth. At Tilghman Orthodontics, we're proud to offer comprehensive orthodontic care to patients in Salisbury and Berlin, MD, so we'd like to offer a few tips on how to take good care of your teeth during the holidays. 

5 Tips for Holiday Dental Health

Whether you're wearing braces for this holiday season or not, taking good care of your teeth is vital for maintaining proper dental health. Here are 5 simple tips you can follow to help promote strong oral hygiene and health during this year's holiday season: 

- Never Use Your Teeth As Tools: Most people do a lot more unwrapping during the holidays than at any other time of year, and if scissors aren't within reach, it can be tempting to use a tooth. But this is the easiest way to land in the emergency room! Always use proper tools to open packages, and never use your teeth to do anything other than chew food.

- Apples Over Apple Pie: While it can be tempting to dig into sweets during the holidays, sugars in these treats can accelerate tooth decay. One great way to care for your teeth is to limit your intake of sugary foods, so this year, try opting for a fresh apple instead of that slice of apple pie. 

- Brush & Floss After Eating Sweets: That said, it's perfectly ok to indulge in holiday sweets in moderation – just make sure to brush and floss your teeth after eating holiday sweets or candies, which will help prevent dental decay. 

- Use a Nutcracker: While most nutcrackers are ornamental, if you do end up roasting chestnuts this year, it's important to always use a real nutcracker to open nuts, and never your teeth. Trying to crack a nut with your teeth can easily cause a crack, chip, or fracture that necessitates costly repairs. 

- Ease Up On Wine: Wine tends to flow freely during the holidays, but unfortunately, that bold red can cause staining and discoloration on your teeth. Instead, choose a lighter white wine or cider, or even better, simply stick to water. 

Contact Your Salisbury, MD Orthodontist

We hope these tips help make it easier to keep your teeth healthy during this holiday season, and as always, we're here to help if you'd like more guidance. Contact us today to ask any questions you have about maintaining oral hygiene during the holidays and we'll be happy to answer them. We can't wait to hear from you, and we wish you a happy, healthy, and tooth-friendly holiday season!