Fireworks by John Schwarzell

Holiday Dental Safety and Care

The Fourth of July weekend is one of the most popular holidays to get together and celebrate with friends and family. Independence Day is quite the celebration, and always includes fireworks, gatherings, events, parades, freely flowing beverages, and every food you can imagine. As you gear up to partake in merrymaking this weekend, keep these handy oral health and hygiene tips in mind to keep your teeth happy and healthy:

Moderation makes sense: It’s entirely expected that most of you will be enjoying a couple of pints at their nearest pub or a few drinks with friends to celebrate, but now is as good a time as ever to remember what alcohol can do to your oral health. Too much to drink can contribute to tooth decay and periodontal disease, so enjoy yourself, but not in excess!

Keep drinking: – Water that is! 🙂 Drink plenty of water between other drinks and before and after meals, and during activity outdoors to maintain your mouth’s healthy pH balance, as well as to keep you in good general health. It’s worth remembering that staying hydrated is the number one way to feel better in the morning and keep that nasty hangover at bay.

Brush when you can: Sure you’re going to be busy celebrating, but if you can, remember to keep a toothpick handy during the day for after meals, and if you get access to a restroom, you can brush your teeth anytime of the day.

Be careful out there: If your holiday includes neighborhood flag football with friends, or cliff diving on the lake, or any other extreme activity, just be careful out there and keep protected. You might be a ways from a dentist (or doctor or hospital), so just take care and make it a safe holiday you’ll remember.

It’s not just your teeth and mouth: We care about the rest of you too, so don’t forget the sunblock, and don’t mess around with fireworks you’re unfamiliar with or that are dangerous to you, your neighborhood, and your friends. Here in California there is an extreme fire danger, so please leave the fireworks to the professionals and go see your local celebrations.

And when you get home: Have the presence of mind to be sure to brush and floss as usual. All alcoholic beverages are acidic to some degree, and they can be severely damaging to the enamel on your teeth. Just a few minutes of preventative maintenance will save your smile, and then you can get your rest. Your teeth will thank you!

Be sure to contact the dental office right away if you think you might have a loose tooth, or if something’s hurting before the big weekend. And we’ll be back to work right away in case something goes awry, but we know you’re not going to let that happen after reading this, so call us up and schedule a regular cleaning after the holiday to keep that smile shining bright!

Happy 4th of July to you and yours!!