Wear A Mouthguard While Playing Sports
Nothing screams ‘Thanksgiving’ quite like getting the cousins together for a game of pick-up football before the big meal. Before you head outside, make sure you grab your mouthguard. Wearing a mouthguard while playing sports is important for protecting orthodontic equipment, such as braces or retainers, and preventing injury to the teeth, gums, and jaw. Mouthguards are designed to absorb the impact of a blow to the face and help to prevent broken teeth, cuts to the gums, and damage to the jaw. They can also help to protect orthodontic equipment from damage, which can be expensive to repair or replace.
Avoid Eating Hard, Sticky, Sugary Foods
Over the holidays, it can be tempting to indulge in foods that are often a part of holiday celebrations, but that may not be the best for your orthodontic treatment. Hard foods, such as nuts and candies, can break or loosen brackets and wires, while sticky foods, such as caramel and gum, can get stuck in braces and be difficult to remove. Sugary foods can contribute to tooth decay and may also cause brackets and wires to become loose or damaged.
To protect orthodontic health over the holidays, it is important to avoid foods that are hard, sticky, or sugary as much as possible and opt for healthier options instead. We know it’s hard to say no to these treats when you wait all year for them, so if you do indulge in a few treats, it is important to be extra diligent about brushing and flossing to help remove any food particles to prevent dental problems.
Visit Your Fort Worth Orthodontist Today
With holiday parties right around the corner, it is important to plan now for how to approach these gatherings from a place of intentionality around your orthodontic treatment. If you aren’t sure how to approach the holidays and orthodontic treatment together, it’s time to see Dr. Barron and the staff at Ahava Orthodontics. Call our office today at 817-926-9777 to schedule your appointment!