The holiday season is a nonstop whirlwind of parties, family get-togethers, workplace functions and other events. Unfortunately, the holidays can be rough on your teeth. To keep your smile confident and gorgeous throughout this busy time of year, you may need to give it a little TLC.

1. Stick to your routine.
Those late night parties may find you skipping brushing and flossing so that you can get to bed faster, but this is a recipe for disaster for your teeth. Take the extra few minutes to brush and floss your teeth each night, and your smile will stay healthy all season long.

2. Skip the sweets.
Visions of sugar plums and candy canes may be dancing in your head, but these treats can leave a sticky film on your teeth that feeds bacteria and promotes tooth decay. You do not need to deprive yourself, but indulge sparingly in your favorite treats. Chew sugar-free gum to dilute the oral acids and satisfy your sweet tooth in a tooth-friendly manner.

3. Use the right tools.
Nuts are a tasty and tooth-healthy holiday snack, but opening their shells with your teeth can result in fractured or chipped teeth. Use a nutcracker instead. Use scissors instead of your teeth to open those hard-to-open clamshell and plastic packages in your holiday gifts, and wear a mouthguard to combat damage from stress-related jaw clenching and tooth grinding.

Call us today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Martirosyan, dentist in Glendale.

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