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This holiday season, protect your families smiles, so that it lasts well beyond the end of the year. If you are not careful, you could find yourself on the receiving end of an oral accident. If you are looking to play any contact sports outside or attempt to gobble down delicious treats at the dinner table, take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your precious teeth and gums.

To help you understand what risks may be present this holiday season, here is a short Q&A:

Question: What are some treats that can pose health care risks to your family 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)

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 mouth guard 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).

For more information or to book an appointment with Dr. Greg Evans, please contact us at our office by calling us at 970-407-1020. Have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!