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The holiday season brings with it lots of joy and fun. With the all the merriment that surrounds us, stay safe and remember to practice safe and effective oral health care habits. If you are not careful, a cracked tooth can turn a winter wonderland into a woeful disaster. At Oradent Associates we want your holiday season to be healthy and festive. To protect your pearly whites during the winter season, we have some tips for you!

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 absolutely must have a holiday treat, sugarless gum can help the body produce saliva, which fights against cavities and bad 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).

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.
  • Miscellaneous items (such as hard cookies and crackers).

For more information or to book an appointment with Dr. Larry Hoffman, Steven Flicker, & David Sher, please contact Oradent Associates at our office in Chicago, Illinois by calling us at 773-478-5520. Enjoy your holiday season with a healthy, happy smile!