How To Care For Your Teeth This Holiday Season

How To Care For Your Teeth This Holiday Season
Posted on 01/08/2019
How To Care For Your Teeth This Holiday Season

Have A Holly, Jolly, Tooth-Friendly Christmas

Hard candies, sticky sweets, and delicious cakes and pies contain enormous amounts of sugar that can cake onto and in between you and your children’s teeth, making it difficult to properly floss and brush all of that cavity-causing sugar away...especially if you have any braces-wearers in the family. Additionally, loads of carbohydrates, starches, and hard savory foods can damage orthodontic appliances all the same! Here at Damon Orthodontics, it’s our goal to make sure that you and your children have a safe holiday season this year, so our team has compiled a list of holiday tips and tricks that will help you avoid any unnecessary tooth-related emergencies this year.

Practice Proper Holiday Oral Hygiene

Regardless if you or your children are wearing braces or not, it’s critically important to brush and floss your teeth and/or brackets right after each and every holiday feast! Proper oral hygiene is integral to ensuring your braces are doing their job, as well as making sure your family’s teeth and gums are as healthy as they can be. As a general rule of thumb, you should be brushing and flossing at least twice a day, morning and night!

After each holiday meal or treat (regardless if you’ve already brushed and flossed twice that day), get the whole family together to brush and floss again, washing away all those sugars and starches as soon as possible. Make sure there aren’t any food particles stuck on or in between teeth or brackets! Finally, and most importantly, good nutrition and a healthy diet are the most crucial elements for maintaining a healthy smile, so make sure to consume brace-safe holiday sweets and foods in moderation.

Stick To Holiday Foods & Treats That Are Tooth-Friendly

Regardless of what holiday festivities you have planned for your family, there will likely be decadent baked goods, sugary snacks, and hard, savory foods at every turn. This Xmas, make sure your braces wearers try to avoid holiday sweets like gingerbread cookies, candy canes, peanut brittle, fudge, and popcorn. With savory foods, braces-wearers should avoid bone-in meats, raw veggies, popcorn, and mixed nuts. These foods can damage brackets and bend archwires...causing an unwarranted orthodontic emergency!

Some of our favorite tooth-friendly holiday treats include:

  • Hot chocolate
  • Soft sugar cookies
  • Brownies
  • Cupcakes
  • Strawberry cheesecake
  • Soft chocolates

Our favorite savory foods that are tooth-friendly include:

  • Leafy green salads without nuts, raw carrots, or crunchy croutons
  • Bone-free slices of turkey or ham
  • Turkey stuffing
  • Green bean casserole
  • Mashed potatoes with gravy
  • Soft dinner rolls

Schedule a Post-Holiday Orthodontic Exam with Your Bellingham Orthodontists

After the holiday season comes to a close, it’s a good idea to visit your orthodontic experts at Damon Orthodontics for a dental exam! After a month-long free for all of holiday meats, sweets, and treats, we will make sure that your braces are in tip-top shape, and that you’re maintaining proper upkeep on the cleanliness of your teeth and gums.

H3 Holiday Tooth Emergencies With An Orthodontist Near Me

If you or one of your family members experiences a holiday orthodontic emergency this year, give our Bellingham office a call at (360) 676-6060, or our Anacortes office at (360) 293-2888 as soon as possible. From broken brackets, to loose archwires, we will walk you through the best steps to take until you can get into our office to have the problem fixed. If you notice that your problem is more severe - such as a broken jaw - make sure to visit your local emergency room right away.

Contact Damon Orthodontics For Damon Braces Or Invisalign Today!

With state-of-the-art orthodontic appliances for both children and adults alike, you can rest assured that you’ll receive the most advanced dental treatments possible at Damon Orthodontics in Bellingham and Anacortes, WA. From traditional metal braces and Damon braces, to Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, we stay up-to-date with the most modern orthodontic technology out there.

For more information on how you could achieve the smile you’ve always wanted, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office today. For your convenience, you can also schedule your orthodontic consultation via our online appointment request form! At Damon Orthodontics, your smile is our priority!

Derek Damon Orthodontics

  • Bellingham Location - 3400 Squalicum Pkwy., Suite 101, Bellingham, WA 98225 | Phone: 360.676.6060
  • Anacortes Location - 1220 22nd St., Suite A, Anacortes, WA 98221 | Phone: 360.293.2888

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