We all know that the holiday season can be tough on our wallets, and even on our waistlines, but did you know that it can be tough on your teeth and gums too? While office parties, family parties and special events are a big part of the holiday festivities, some aspects of these events may not bring comfort & joy to your mouth and can even cause injury to your teeth.

Many people over indulge in sweet treats and sugary drinks. In fact, the holiday season is a time when many people consume more sugar, more frequently, than at any other time of the year, creating the potential for serious dental problems. The sustained sugar dosage during the holiday season means that our teeth may be under constant attack because our saliva doesn’t get the opportunity to do its job properly.

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Alcoholic beverages, carbonated drinks, even diet and fruit juices are very acidic and can contribute to the erosion of tooth enamel. After ingesting sugary foods or beverages, it normally takes about an hour for saliva to restore the mouth to its natural Ph levels.

Fact is, dental problems can bring just about anyone’s celebrations to a painful halt, but by taking a few precautions you can avoid dental emergencies during the holiday period when just getting a dental appointment can be difficult because many practices close during the holidays too, making dental emergencies a real pain! If you’re celebrating the season away from home, having a dental emergency kit on hand can minimize pain and reduce the likelihood of further damage to your teeth until you can get to a dentist for professional help.

Most drugstores sell emergency dental kits, but you can easily assemble your own kit inexpensively. Be sure to include some ibuprofen, a topical oral pain reliever, temporary filling material, sterile toothpicks and soft dental floss along with a toothbrush and toothpaste. If you’re a denture wearer, purchase a denture repair kit to temporarily repair any broken sections of your dentures.

If you’re planning to travel far from home, don’t leave with even the hint of a toothache. If you suspect any lurking dental problems please schedule an appointment to see us prior to your departure so that you don’t find yourself with a dental emergency far from home.

Remember that disease & germs can run rampant in buses, trains, planes, airports and other communal spots that you can encounter when travelling so consider splurging on some probiotics too because they may help to maintain optimal oral health.

Lastly, chewing sugar-free gum provides multiple benefits; not only does it taste good and make your breath smell fresh and clean, it also helps to remove any food debris that may be stuck between your teeth, much like a secondary toothbrush.

On behalf of everyone here at Laurentian Dental, I would like to extend season’s greetings and best wishes for a safe, happy & healthy holiday. Keep smiling!

Yours for better dental health,

Dr. Allen Sun

Photo by John Stratford