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The winter weather brings with it a host of fun festivities during this time of year. However, along with all the activities, there are a few precautions we must take for our oral health. New risks pose damage to our precious pearly whites if we are not careful. Many activities during the holidays can damage your teeth. Here are some things to be wary of during the holidays:

  • Try to avoid chewing on ice this winter. Ice cubes, hard snow, and icicles can all crack, chip, or damage your teeth.
  • If you are considering sports such as ice skating, skiing, or hockey, always remember to wear a mouth guard.
  • As candy canes become larger and larger, the risk of tooth damage becomes greater and greater.
  • If you are considering have your tongue pierced, many metal bars and brackets used for cosmetic piercings can easily crack or chip your teeth.
  • Hard candies are a staple of most holiday treats, so be cautious when biting into them, or you may suffer an oral accident.
  • The holiday season can be stressful at times, but don’t resort to biting on your nails, which can fracture your teeth.

Take care of your teeth and gums this holidays season, and they will reward you with many more joyous seasons to come. To make an appointment with Dr. Michael Smith & Evan Smith, please call our Boise Dental Center team in Boise, Idaho at 208-343-4986 today. We are here to help you get your smile back on track!