It’s that time of year again! As the weather cools down here in Lake Villa and we continue to move through the holiday season, it is more important than ever to make sure you are following a good oral hygiene routine and keeping up with regular visits to your dentist’s’ office.

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Diwali, or another holiday, one thing is certain: your celebrations likely include a hearty amount of food and sweets. The holidays, for most people, involve spending time with family and celebrating with delicious feasts full of your favorite foods and plenty of desserts to go around.

While this makes for a great holiday season, it can also wreak havoc on your teeth and gums if you are not keeping up with regular brushing and flossing. Below, your Lake Villa dentist’s office is offering some tips on how to keep your teeth healthy throughout winter.

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Oral Hygiene Tips For The Holidays

Pack Smart

We know a lot of our patients are planning to travel over the holidays. Make sure that you don’t forget your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss! If you’re only going to be away for a night or two, it can be tempting to think you can just skip bushing for a night or two, but even skipping one brushing session can give sugar and bacteria the chance it needs to decay your teeth. If you happen to forget your oral health essentials, stop by a gas station or grocery store to pick up new ones. We promise it will be worth it.

Drink Plenty Of Water

Any time you have a hot chocolate, coffee, wine, or hot cider in your hand, make sure to have a glass of water nearby. Sugary, acidic, and alcoholic beverages, as well as candies and desserts, can cause the enamel on your teeth to soften or create the perfect sugary environment for bacteria to thrive. Regularly washing the residue of your favorite holiday beverage away with water can give you all-day defense against oral health problems between brushing.

Don’t Skimp On Your Hygiene Routine

We know that spending time with family and preparing to have guests over can be exciting and lead to late nights where you just want to go to bed. However, make sure to take an extra three minutes to complete your usual oral hygiene routine before hitting the hay. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes, floss, and rinse with a mouthwash.

Schedule An Appointment With Your Lake Villa Dentist!

At Lake Villa Dental, we recommend that most people come to see us at least twice a year. If it’s been about six months since your last appointment or you are experiencing an issue, be sure to get in touch and schedule an appointment for a cleaning and examination.

Oral health problems can sneak up on you fast, and your dentist’s trained eye can detect this issues before they become a major health crisis. For the holidays this year, give you and your family the gift or oral hygiene by bringing everyone in to see Dr. Shanthi!