The holidays are an exciting time of year as you shop for the perfect gifts and plan tasty meals. You’ll be surrounded by a variety of foods that can leave a lasting mark on your smile if you aren’t careful. Nothing is worse than needing an emergency dentist, especially during the holidays. Thankfully, you can lessen your risk of a broken tooth in Concord by safeguarding your smile from certain foods.
1. Popcorn Kernels
It’s the perfect time of the year to snuggle under a warm blanket and snack on some popcorn while you watch your favorite movies. Although it’s considered a healthy snack, it can be dangerous for your smile. Occasionally, a kernel gets mixed in with your popcorn. You might unexpectedly bite down on one and crack your tooth. You can lessen your risk by shaking the bag of popcorn to help the kernels fall to the bottom.
2. Hard Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are healthy snacks for the holidays. Not only are they good for your waistline, but crispy ones can also scrub your teeth to keep them clean between brushings. Unfortunately, biting too hard can cause an injury, especially to a weakened tooth. It’s best to cut your fruit and vegetables into small pieces before eating them.
Nuts have an excellent nutritional value, but you’ll have to get through their hard shell to benefit from them. It’s convenient to use your teeth to crack them open, but this increases the risk of a fractured or chipped tooth. Instead, it’s best to use the right tool for the job. In addition, choose your nuts wisely because many are harder than others, like almonds.
4. Chicken Wings
Chicken wings are an amazing snack; however, if you bite a bone, you can crack a tooth. Although you want to get as much meat off as possible, it’s best to use utensils to eat them. If you don’t want to use a knife and fork with your finger food, watch where you are biting.
5. Hard Candies
Hard candies are a great treat, but biting them can easily lead to a trip to your emergency dentist. Plus, they also contain a lot of sugar, which can increase your risk of a cavity. If you can’t ignore your sweet tooth, be sure to suck on them instead of chewing. In addition, brush your teeth well afterward or rinse your mouth with water.
Maintain a Healthy Smile
As you enjoy the holidays, take the time to commit to your smile. You’ll prevent a dental emergency from interrupting your plans while also starting the new year with a healthy smile.
About Dr. Gregory C. Gell
Dr. Gregory C. Gell is a Diplomat of the American Board of Endodontics. He has the advanced training necessary to treat complex issues, like damaged or missing teeth. If you have a tooth crack, he can reinstate a healthy, functional smile. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation to save your tooth.