Dr Shail Jaggi: Quick tips to see your teeth through this festive season

Diwali…the festival of lights and it’s that time of the year again. Festive fervour grips the city, everything looks colourful, the streets are buzzing as people go around trying to get all their shopping done before the holidays set in! This week will mark the beginning of card parties, Diwali parties and plenty of socializing.

Keep smiling brightly during the party filled season and we bring you some quick dental tips to see your teeth through.

Plenty of socializing? Why not stop off for a quick tooth-whitening session by visiting a dentist in Tallahassee (or your local dental clinic). Let your teeth and smile dazzle this festive season. It may only take an hour and you could be flashing the best smile ever.

Gifts are the best part of the season. It’s super fun to receive gifts but make sure you don’t use your teeth like a tool to open cords and strings on gifts. This can be painful and can cause irreversible damage. So, keep that scissor handy at all time

Diwali parties can be fun. But go easy on those fizzy drinks. They may be damaging your teeth. If you must then use a straw. This will reduce the contact of the acidic drinks with your teeth and keep them safer.

Just whitened your teeth? Have you asked yourself, are crest whitestrips safe for enamel? If you have any concerns, keep off the red wine. It can stain freshly whitened teeth. Get your whitening done at least four days before the party. That way your teeth are safe. No one wants to waste the money they spend on this treatment as it can be expensive, but luckily there is dental financing available if you do have to have it redone.

Got a long night of partying ahead of you. Make sure you eat some healthy food at home before you head out for the party. You tend to binge less that way.

Yummy desserts are difficult to resist! The sweet sugary desserts aren’t that great for your teeth. Try and stick to one dessert and pile up your plate with fresh fruit. This combination is healthy and takes care of your sugar craving as well.

Partying the entire week? You may find your breath smelling funny after eating out so much. Don’t reach out for those strong mints. They can dry your mouth further and make it smell worse.

Make your own little mouth-freshening kit. A tiny box with clove, cardamom, fennel, anise seeds works wonders for masking strong odor and bad breath. The freshness lasts long and simple to carry around

Late night after a great party? Try not to miss on your brushing and flossing before you hit the sack. Clean out all the food and sugary residue from your teeth to keep them healthy.

Water works wonders. Drinking plenty of water is extremely important. Water can help your body recover from the alcohol consumption and helps you stay in good shape despite the large meals. Water cleans out your food residue and sugar from the teeth. Add slices of lemon, cucumber or peppermint leaves. These will keep you hydrated and refreshed and act as great mouth fresheners.

Dry fruit and nuts are the most commonly exchanged gifts during Diwali. Remember not to use your teeth as nut crackers. It could end up breaking your teeth. Keep that nut cracker handy.

Got a nagging dental pain? Have it attended to before the holidays begin? Your dentist’s office is probably doing to be closed too. You don’t want to end up with severe dental pain in the during the festivities. Take some time off and make that appointment you’ve been postponing for a while now

So here’s to some wonderful holiday time, be safe, go green and try to make it a smokeless Diwali and of course don’t forget to keep smiling.

Happy Diwali from everyone here at our office.

Dr Shail Jaggi

Dr Shail Jaggi

Dr Shail Jaggi is a passionate dentist with specialisation in cosmetic dentistry and endodontics. She manages an Advanced Microscope Enhanced Practice – Dentalwiz dealing with all aspects of dentistry. Dr Jaggi is recipient of ‘Outstanding Dentist Of The Year -2015’. Dr Jaggi writes every Wednesday on Pune365.
Dr Shail Jaggi