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The year-end festivities are beginning to close, our team at Bullitt Dental P.L.L.C. is also wrapping up the year. As you are enjoying the holiday season, we remain committed to ensuring your oral health stays at its peak. Should you suffer any sort of oral emergency, we are standing by to assist you. The key to optimum oral health lies with you, so do your part to keep your teeth and gums safe.

Stay safe to keep the fun lasting throughout the year, take the necessary steps to prevent oral accidents from occurring. Listed below is a Q&A of what some risks to be on the lookout for.

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 mouthguard 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).

Question: What are some treats that can pose health care risks this holiday season?
Answer: You should be wary of these potentially harmful foods:

  • 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).

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert A. Bell, please contact Bullitt Dental P.L.L.C. at our office in Shepherdsville, Kentucky by calling us at 502-955-6516. Keep your smile safe so the fun lasts throughout the year!