Thanksgiving is just around the corner! The last thing you want to worry about is your little one experiencing a dental emergency. While we welcome you to come to see us if one happens, prevention is the best way to make sure you can avoid one completely.

Here is what we recommend to avoid a Thanksgiving day dental emergency:

  • Be careful of turkey bones and other foods with hard edges.

When you give your child some turkey, be careful of any bones! Not only is that a potential safety risk but if they bite down too hard it may crack a tooth. Be wary of other foods that have hard edges too, like biscuits or nuts

  • Make sure your child wears a mouthguard while playing sports.

While it may seem like an innocent family game, your child can still experience injury if you play sports after your meal. Make sure they are wearing a custom-fit athletic mouthguard to avoid injury to their teeth, lips, gums, and cheeks.

  • Avoid all-day snacking and sweets.

It’s very tempting to have a day filled with snacking and sweats as you anticipate the big turkey moment. However, try to discourage this as much as possible. When you don’t give your teeth a break, you are exposing them to more bacteria. Make sure your child sips water to wash away food particles and keep up their normal oral hygiene routine.

Don’t worry if your child is dealing with a dental emergency in Kirkland, WA! You can still call Evergreen Pediatric Dentistry today at 425-800-0578 for care ASAP. Or schedule online for non-emergencies.