Ryan M. Buckwalter, DDS, FICOI, FAGD

1420 Greenbrier Place
Charlottesville, VA 22901


Four Oral Hygiene Tips for the Holidays

It’s that time of the year again! The holidays have arrived and what comes with the holidays? Continuing a healthy dental care routine, of course! We know it’s a time everyone looks forward to as we have been waiting for those special desserts and drinks that we love so much. However, we must be careful in regards to portion sizes and types of foods and drinks we consume.


Hillcrest Dental professionals are highly-trained to understand your dental situation and provide the proper dental health care services you need to maintain a healthy smile. Our team is dedicated to providing the best general dentistry services to residents around the Charlottesville, VA area. We know everyone’s pearly whites need care year-round, so while you are thinking about what you would like to eat or drink, keep in mind how it might affect your teeth. To help you with this task, we have compiled a list of tips so that you can enjoy your holidays and still have a great dental visit!

1. Make Use of Travel Items

Whenever you are traveling away from home, pack a toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and mouthwash with you. We recommend packing those items first as most people tend to pack their toothbrush last. This way, if you pack the toothbrush you use daily, you’ll still need it the day that you have to travel so it will end up in your suitcase last. If you have travel items, you don’t have to worry about forgetting your toothbrush or skipping your daily dental routine.

2. Avoid Sugar and Eat in Moderation!

Consuming an excessive amount of sugary foods is harmful to your teeth. We know it’s the holidays and that there will definitely be desserts — we’re not stopping you from devouring that delicious pie — but you should be aware of what you’re eating. If you are going to be eating sugary, chewy, sticky, or hard foods, you should eat them in moderation. You wouldn’t want to interrupt your holiday vacation for emergency dental services because of this. If it’s hard to say no, we recommend looking at what foods you plan to eat and visit the dentist right after the holidays have passed. Maybe even trying to make a few substitutions to your desserts such as carrots and cheese. Cheese helps with balancing acid from drinks while carrots help strengthen your tooth enamel.

3. Drink Water Often

Not only does water help our skin and bodies, but our teeth can experience the benefits from it too! While it’s easy to drink sodas and sugary juices, they aren’t the best for our teeth as it can leave stains on them. The acid from those drinks can also slowly break down the enamel on our teeth. If you do eat of drink anything sweet or acidic, it’s best in moderation. Drinking water more often will help reduce the risk of cavities, staining, and bad breath.

4. Go to the Dentist Regularly

Visiting your general family dentistry routinely is a task that usually needs constant reminders. There are many people who do not see the dentist unless they are already experiencing a lot of pain, at which point there is often major dental damage already done. Seeing the dentist regularly will ensure that any tooth and gum issues are taken care of. If you go a while without seeing a dentist for a checkup, it’s more likely that small problems will go unnoticed and become worse down the road. While emergency dental services are an option, we want to help you avoid that by providing general dental care services to keep your mouth healthy!

Make Plans to Visit Hillcrest Dental Near Blue Ridge, VA This Holiday Season!

Don’t let a dental emergency interrupt your holiday fun. At Hillcrest Dental, we provide many quality dental services ranging from general dental care to oral surgery. We understand that dental emergencies happen to individuals of all ages, which is why we provide emergency dental  services to residents who reside in cities around the Charlottesville area as well!


When it comes to the health of your teeth, don’t delay! Contact us at (434)-973-2224 to set up your dental appointment today or fill out a form and request an appointment!

  • "I am very pleased with how my appointment went yesterday. Everyone was really friendly. They explained everything to me about the procedure and stayed late to assure I was comfortable with the work I had done. Dr Ryan Buckwalter and his assistants were awesome. I highly recommend them for any dental work. Thank you."

    Donnette M.

  • "I was having toothache pain in my lower jaw. I called the next day to make an appointment and was given an appointment time for the very next day. I saw Dr. Ryan, who is knowledgeable, caring and has great people skills with his patients. I made another appointment to come back and have the work done."

    Denise K.

  • “Dr. Buckwalter and his assistant did a wonderful job with our 8 year old today. While they were busy talking teeth, my 3 year old was enjoying his new lip balm and balloon! Finished up with a treat from Starbucks with our gift card. So glad our kiddos don’t fear the dentist. More like they want to keep stopping in."

    Logan D.

  • “Unbelievable experience with Dr. Ryan Buckwalter. Night and Day difference from my last dental experience with another dentist. I no longer fear the dentist!”

    David S.