You may be very familiar with the common pitfalls that may impact your oral health on a regular basis. You may even feel that you’re geared up and ready to go for the very warm summer season, when it arrives. However, when winter shows up, if you’re like many of our Riverside, CA patients, you look at it as a kindlier time, when you may not need to put as much effort into your oral health. The truth is, however, that there are some things you may not realize need your attention that are particularly connected with wintertime (and that can lead to smile issues). The answer? Allow your Riverside dentist to help!

Don’t Let Comfort Foods And Drinks Dominate

Your Riverside dentist wants you to remember that just because wintertime is all about muffins and cakes and pies and hot cocoa and more doesn’t mean you have to let it dominate your life! Or, your smile for that matter. Strive to continue to vary your diet for optimal overall and oral health.

But If They Do: Brush, Brush, Floss!

Then again, if you just can’t stay away from the delicacies of winter holiday time, always remember to brush and floss like a true champion, so eating yummy stuff doesn’t negatively impact your oral health, suggests your Riverside dentist. Easy.

Don’t Assume Winter Is Easy On Your Smile

If you come in for your winter checkup with our team and ask us about how to care for your smile throughout the winter months, your Riverside dentist will happily remind you: While you may think of summer as the harsh time of year, winter can also lead to some serious concerns! It’s a cooler, very dry time, which means you may end up with similar worries over dehydration. With that said, simply remember the following:

  • Protecting your lips with SPF and lip balm remains just as important, so you can combat winter dryness and continue to prevent dangerous UV exposure (even though the sun may seem less threatening)
  • Drinking lots of H2O is still absolutely essential, especially as cold and flu season take hold (and you become more prone to dry mouth if you’re dealing with any type of upper respiratory congestion or if you’re running your central heat!)
  • Keep up with everything else, include your usual dental care!

Enjoy A Happy, Healthy Winter Smile

Follow our suggestions for oral health care throughout the entire year by striving to practice optimal protection and you can expect a smile that remains safe and healthy! Ask us for tips if you need some help. Give us a call in Riverside, CA to schedule a consultation with your dentist. We are proud to serve patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.