Take care of your teeth now, so you’re ready for your next appointment!
Spring is in the air, and that means three things: spring cleaning, spring forward, and spring break! Of course, when we talk about spring cleaning, we usually mean tidying up the house, we like to think that spring is also a great time to help make sure your teeth and gums are clean and healthy.
While things may be up in the air in our community and around the world, one thing we can focus on is dental care. So, here are a few ways to help ensure that you have excellent oral health this spring, and you’re ready when it’s time to climb back in our chair!
Replace your tools.
Any object that you use daily is going to be subject to a certain amount of wear and tear, and your toothbrush is no exception. If your current toothbrush has frayed bristles, it’s probably time for a replacement. According to the American Dental Association, it’s best to replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
Also, check the expiration dates on everything from toothpaste to mouthwash and oral rinses. While you’re at the store, you can also pick up new floss or floss picks for the whole family. Be sure to update your travel kit with new travel-sized versions of all of the above as well, that way you’re ready to go when the time comes.
Regular dentist visits, including cleanings, remove stubborn plaque from your teeth. They also educate you about proper oral so you can take care of your teeth at home. Plaque, if allowed to build up, can lead to cavities, gum disease, inflammation, discoloration, and other oral health concerns. Be sure to keep consistent cleanings and checkups and follow your dentist’s advice while at home to reduce plaque build-up.
Amp up your current dental health plan.
Make a promise this spring-cleaning season and beyond to brush at least twice a day. Brushing twice a day will help reduce the bacteria and plaque that builds up in your mouth throughout the day. Most people choose to clean once in the morning and once at night, but there’s nothing wrong with brushing right after your meals as well.
While brushing is crucial to your oral health, it’s not enough to keep bacteria from accumulating in those hard-to-reach spaces between your teeth. If left unchecked, this bacteria can irritate your gums, cause cavities, and lead to gum disease. Flossing is the only way to reach those small spaces. By flossing daily, you can boost your oral health, and fight the bacterial build-up that often leads to more serious dental problems. If you dread flooring, you’re in luck because there are some great tools on the market today to make flossing easier.
Schedule a cleaning.
Professional cleanings are essential steps to maintaining good oral health. Even if you brush and floss daily, it’s still challenging to thoroughly clean plaque and tartar build-up below the gum line. A professional hygienist has the tools and skill to perform a deep clean that will ensure that those hidden areas below the gum line are completely clean. Not only that, but your dental professional will also perform a comprehensive oral exam and advise you if they detect any potential problems. Scheduling a professional cleaning every six months is a great way to stay proactive about your oral health and prevent troublesome dental issues from developing down the line.
Make an appointment for a whitening consultation.
Spring is the perfect time to brighten that smile! When people think of cosmetic dentistry, more often than not, tooth whitening is the first thing that they’ll think of. There are several different options for teeth whitening procedures available, but the safest and most effective method is a visit to your dentist. With our advanced in-office whitening procedure, patients can see results the very same day as they receive treatment.
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Spring has sprung, and with so many beneficial reasons, there is simply no excuse for not visiting your dentist for a spring cleaning and checkup. After all, you definitely have the time!
If you have any questions about your dental health or would like to schedule an appointment, complete our online contact form today.