Avoiding The Need For Emergency Dental Treatment This Christmas

A few tips from our Clapham Junction dentists to help keep your teeth healthy.

With less than a week to go until the start of the Christmas holidays, all of us are, of course, hoping for a wonderful and trouble free times with our family and friends.

As dentists though, we are all too aware that dental issues do not take a holiday and toothache and similar issues are as likely to strike on Christmas day as any other day of the year.

The following are just a few suggestions that we hope will help patients of the Confidental Clinic, your local Clapham dentist, avoid the need for emergency dental treatment over the festive period.

Get problems checked now

Although there are only a few days to go before the holidays, if you have, for example, broken a part of your tooth off and are hoping that it will be OK until after the holidays, then please don’t. Although this is a busy time of the year for any dental practice, we will always do all that we can to see a patient who needs urgent treatment. Simply keeping your fingers crossed could lead to a very uncomfortable time over the holidays indeed!

Alcohol awareness

Whilst many people do like to have a drink at Christmas, it is important to be aware of the risks associated with it. Whilst gum disease is more likely to occur when you drink, largely due to a dry mouth and lack of saliva to flush the bacteria away, a more immediate concern is the amount of accidents that tend to happen when too much alcohol has been drunk. Whether this be a fall or a result of simply ‘fooling around’  a blow to the teeth can result in breakage and a significant amount of pain. Being conscious of how much you have drunk and being sensible in your approach, will hopefully help to avoid accidents, and, of course, help to reduce those hangovers too!

Go nuts

Nuts have been part of the Christmas tradition for many years and are generally very good for the teeth as they are low in acidity and therefore reduce the risk of damage to the enamel of our teeth. Do take care though, especially if they are not already shelled, as biting down hard on a piece of nut shell could chip, or even break a weakened tooth. It should go without saying too, that you should always shell a nut with a nutcracker … not your teeth!

Worst case scenario

Hopefully, all of our patients will have a great and trouble free break, but, should a dental emergency occur, please call the Confidental Clinic on 020 7801 9060 where you will be given directions about who to contact for emergency dental treatment.

We wish you all a Happy Christmas and New Year from the team at the Confidental Clinic in Clapham Junction!