Getting Your Teeth Ready for the Eatin’ Season

It’s the holiday season! Let’s eat!!

That’s right: the eatin’ season is upon us. Those four weeks which start Thanksgiving day and end with Christmas dinner (although for some of us, it doesn’t end until the New Year’s Eve party leftovers are gone).

The wonders of holidays foods include cakes, pies, candy, cookies, eggnog, hams, turkeys, mashed potatoes, cakes, pies, finger foods, canapes, lasagna, cakes, pies, candy, fish, stolens, petit fours, and on and on and on.

Many of these holiday foods are chewy. Sticky. Gooey. Crunchy. Brittle. Crisp.

In other words, they can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums.

Read below for tips on how to get your teeth and mouth in tip-top shape for the holidays.

  • If going to a family gathering or friend’s party, take a toothbrush with you. After eating, sneak away and brush your teeth. Consider packing one of the small travel floss packs so that you can also floss nuts, candy bits and other foods from between your teeth.
  • Many homes offer shelled nuts at this time of year. Never try to open a nut with your teeth – teeth are strong but aren’t that strong and you can easily chip or break a tooth this way. Ditto for opening beer bottles with your teeth.
  • If served corn on the cob, consider taking a knife and skimming the corn off the cob before eating. This helps keep the cob bits from sticking between the spaces between your teeth.
  • Never chew on turkey bones. As with nuts, you can harm your teeth doing so.
  • Watch the chewy candy. It can stick to your fillings and possibly even remove them, especially if your fillings were placed there years ago (if they are older than 20 or so years).

In fact, if possible, see if you can have one of your two annual dental checkups in November or late October to see if there are any loose fillings, loose teeth, inflamed gums, or other issues your dentist wants to take care of before the holidays.

You also can ask him or her for tips on how to survive the onslaught the cornucopia of foods that await you this holiday season.

If you’re looking for a Plano dentist, contact Dr. Darren Dickson’s office by phone to schedule an appointment. You also can send us an e-mail message at [email protected],

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