1. Avoid Crunching on ice or candy

Crunching on ice or hard candy can lead to cracked or chipped teeth, which can be painful. Where you’re enjoying a sweet or finishing the ice in your cocktail, let it dissolve naturally in your mouth. Chewing on hard objects puts too much stress on teeth.

2. Use proper tools to open gifts

Yes, its exciting to tear open those holiday gifts and rip into them but give your teeth a break – they are not the right tools for the task. Ripping into plastic or paper with your teeth can crack them, possibly requiring dental work. Reach for scissors or a knife to do the job.

3. Stop that biting!

Avoid those nail biting moments. The holidays can be stressful, but biting your nails wont bring relief. Anxious nibbling is bad fo your fingernails and teeth This bad habit can cause teeth grinding, clenching, jaw problems, facial pain and sesntivie teeth. Instead of biting, try to distract yourself for a minute or two and see if the feeling goes away.

4. Avoid cracking nut shells yourself

The holiday season brings with it many different types of seeds and nuts. Stay away from cracking nuts with your teeth. Nuts are packed with protein and are a very healthy choice for a holiday treat, but they can definitely harm your teeth if you try shelling them yourself. The hard surface of most nutshells can cause serious tooth and gum damage, and may eve crack teeth.

5. Ditch the chewy candies

Holiday parties are often filled with chewy treats that can harm your teeth. Sticky substances cling to tooth enamel and encourage tooth decay. Thick candies, such as caramel and taffy, can even yank out fillings. Eat these sweets sparingly and along with other foods to help keep the treats from sticking to your teeth.

We love seeing you, but the last thing you want is to end up in the dental chair with an emergency over the holidays. Visit us in the New Year with a healthy mouth, strong teeth and a beautiful smile.