How to keep your smile healthy during the holidays

Everyone loves the holidays! Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the new year, many get-togethers are planned and alcohol and sugary snacks are at the forefront of the holiday diet. Patients in the area of Simi Valley, California who work hard during the year to keep their smile healthy might be worried about the development of problems during this time such as cavities and periodontal disease. Luckily, patients will find that they can keep their smile beautiful and avoid dental issues by being prudent in protecting their teeth. Below are a few ways in which families can avoid damage to the smile during the holiday season:

  • Keep your oral healthcare routine. Routines can easily fall by the wayside when parties are scheduled and kids are out of school. But keeping your dental routine is important. Brush after every meal and floss at night to remove any food particles that can stick to the teeth and contribute to cavities and disease.
  • Drink plenty of water. It’s easy to reach for sugary hot cocoa or high-acid beverages such as wine during social gatherings. However, reducing or even eliminating these beverages can significantly improve your smile and help avoid cavities. In addition to avoiding alcohol and sugary drinks, drinking water can maintain saliva production which washes away food particles from the mouth.
  • Visit the dentist as usual. Even when the holidays arise, you need to maintain consistency with your dentist. This means attending appointments as scheduled and avoiding delays. Additionally, if any changes occur to your smile between routine cleanings and evaluations, it might be a good idea to book an appointment to make sure problems are not developing.

Are you interested in ways to avoid cavities and disease during the holiday season?

Connect with Dr. Robert Bankhardt and his team in Simi Valley, California to discuss the ways in which you can maintain a healthy smile during the holidays! His practice is conveniently located at 2720 Cochran Street, Suite #2B and can be reached by phone to book an appointment at (805) 584-1194. His office is always accepting new patients ready for comprehensive dental care under one roof!

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Casey Patterson, DDS
Casey Patterson, DDS and Robert D. Bankhardt, DDS
2720 Cochran St, #2b
Simi Valley CA 93065
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2720 Cochran St #2b Simi Valley CA 93065 (805) 584-1194