The fantastic thing about the holiday season is all the wonderful times it can bring. Time spent with family and reconnecting with old friends over food, music, and exchanging gifts gives this time of year its own special quality. Many people spend their entire year planning for this season, scheduling vacations to travel to see far-flung family, or just putting together huge holiday events. For all the care and consideration people put into this time of year, it’s not uncommon for them to fail to prepare for dental emergencies. We’re going to give a few simple tips on ensuring your prepared if ill-luck befalls your teeth this season.
Be Sure To Pack Your Dental Hygiene Kit
This is one of the most important things you can do to help protect your teeth against decay and accidents. Your dental kit should contain everything you need to continue caring for your teeth properly as you travel around this holiday season. Make sure the kit includes floss, a toothbrush, and a mini-bottle of mouthwash. Good dental health requires having all of these on hand for regular use.
Prepare For Accidents
As an additional level of precaution, you should include a kit for saving teeth that become damaged or knocked out. These kits typically involve a small container holding a special liquid in which you can place teeth that have been knocked out. A complete dental emergency kit will also include a tube of Anbesol in the event that any toothaches appear or you experience damage to a tooth without the ability to get to a dentist immediately.
Know Your Resources
Are you planning on leaving your local area for the holidays? Be sure to research the area you’re going to visit to see what medical care options are available in an emergency. This obviously should include a dental clinic with holiday operating hours or an after-hours phone number in the event something should go awry. If all goes well, you obviously won’t need this information, but it’s better to have it than to not.
Bring A Mouthguard
If your holiday adventure is going to include any form of outdoor sports activity like skiing or ice skating, be sure to bring a mouthguard to wear while you’re doing them. This simple precaution can go a long way to ensuring that any accidents involving sharp impacts to your jaw or face can be absorbed without causing damage to your teeth. There are multiple varieties available, with custom-fit mouth guards providing the most overall protection.
Want to know more ways to prepare for dental care during the holiday season? You can reach out to the team at Covington Dental in Hickory, NC, with a simple phone call. You can receive simple advice over the phone or schedule an appointment with Dr. Gina Covington at our office. During your visit, you’ll receive a full dental exam and a consultation containing solid advice about protecting your teeth during the holiday season and the rest of the year. We can’t wait to hear from you and welcome you to our patient family.